by Marsha Rakestraw

Most of us have said “I’m starving!” when we were hungry – especially as kids.

Right now, in 2017, in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, and Nigeria, millions of people are literally starving. More than 20 million people in those countries are facing food emergencies, due to impacts such as war, climate change, and politics.

In the US, more than 15 million households experience food insecurity. And those who can scrape together enough money to buy food often have to resort to purchasing cheaper, less healthy food, which can contribute to additional challenges, such as obesity and chronic diet-related diseases.

While food insecurity has begun to decrease, more than 800 million people worldwide suffer from hunger, and those numbers may increase again with the growing impacts of climate change, conflict, extreme weather, political weakness, and natural resource challenges.

Since food is a daily issue that affects everyone, there is plenty that can be done to address immediate hunger needs, as well as to create meaningful systemic solutions for ending hunger completely.

Use our curated guide with resources for teaching about hunger, famine, and food security issues.


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