Kids Can... Feed The Hungry
the Seas & In the Community
Most of us are aware that there are many hungry
people in the world.
They range from those who don't quite get enough
good nutrition to be healthy (including kids who
can't concentrate in school), to those who are so
profoundly deprived of specific nutrients or
sufficient calories that they will die without
intervention. Poverty -- combined with conditions
like floods, droughts, and warfare -- can make it
impossible for families, even whole communities to
get enough food, and sometimes water. Here are a few
useful statistics that illustrate just how severe
the problem is:
More than 800 million people
suffer from acute hunger or malnutrition.
Almost 200 million children
below the age of five suffer from malnutrition.
Seven out of ten of the
world's hungry are women and girls.
Children are often the hardest hit when famine
comes -- simply because their small bodies can store fewer reserves
of fat, water, and nutrients. In short, when the hard times come,
they are the ones most likely to die. Almost all of us feel sad when
we hear about people going hungry -- especially children. And of
course we want to do something to help, but we are not always sure
how. Also, sometimes we just feel that we don't have enough
money to contribute to really make a difference.
It's important to know
that money isn't the only thing we have to offer. We can also
donate our time. Take a little time each week to learn more about
the problem and what others are doing to help. Or ask your parents
or a teacher to help you locate a group in your community where you
could volunteer your time and
either alone, or with your Earth's Kids KIDS CLUB chapter.
Even a couple hours of your time a couple times a
year can make a big
difference to a local organization working on the problems of hunger and
poverty. If you can help more often, great! Your service
will really make a difference.
But whether you help out by
packing "care packages" for the needy with mom and dad, or by collecting
canned food from neighbors to deliver to a local food bank, remember
that another big way to make a difference is by talking to people about
what you do. Be sure to point out how much fun you have doing it,
how simple it is, and how good you feel afterwards for having helped
Finally, if you're feeling
overwhelmed about how big the problem seems remember that the best thing to do is pick something, just
one thing, that you can really do. It is always better to do one
small thing to help with the solution, than to ignore the problem all
together. After all, if everyone does something, we will have an
impact. If no one does anything... then nothing will change. Listed
below are some groups that are trying to make a real difference in
the world. Check out their websites and find out what they are doing
to help and what they would like from you. Then see which one thing
you can do to help!
The Burrito Project is an organization to help
feed the hungry and homeless by direct volunteer effort: making
burritos and distributing them personally to those in need.
If you are frustrated by the hunger problem in your local community and
wish there was a more personal way to address the issue, visit their
website and ask about setting up a Burrito Project chapter of your own.
If you are still a school kid, talk to your
parents and teachers and see if there is a safe and appropriate way for
you to adapt this project for yourself and your friends from church,
your scouting troop, or school.
Visit this very informative site to learn more
about the problem of hunger in the world and what you can do to
support CARE feed those in need. Started directly after World War II,
to help those affected by the war, CARE seeks to create "a world
of tolerance and social justice, where people have overcome poverty
and live in dignity and security." Helping people have the food,
housing, safety, education, and health care they need is what CARE is
Garden Harvest helps fight against hunger &
poverty by providing food-producing animals to the rural poor in such
To help Garden Harvest in its work you can buy a farm animal for a needy
family (you select the animal on the GH website and pay GH the money and
they take care of getting it to the family), "adopt" a farm animal (you
will pay for it's feed, shots, etc. and it will provide
eggs for those in need), donate land to Garden Harvest (so they
can grow food for those in need), or
Garden Harvest also appreciates the donation of farm equipment (such as
tractors), all kinds of tools, as well as raw materials, like
lumber. Visit their
drop them some
mail for more information.
Activism meets information at this useful site. Donate
food to the hungry just by clicking their button -- there is no
cost to you, their sponsors will pay the bill. You can click the
button once each day to help them donate food.
Poverty is one of the primary causes of chronic hunger in the world
(along with drought and other natural disasters and of course war).
NetAid offers programs, activities and resources to engage young people
in learning and action to help end poverty around the world.
This program, benefiting children in the U.S.
and 41 other countries, allows you to aid needy children through
donations, sponsorship, mentoring, and through online shopping at
sites which donate a portion of the proceeds to Save The Children.
Save The Children will help your sponsored child get enough to eat
each day plus provide the child with clothes and much more, depending
on the needs of the child and the amount of money you send.
The United Nations Children's Fund, helping
bring food, medicine, and more to children in need in 128 countries
around the world.
Science of The Global Food Shortage
Teachers and Earth's Kids KIDS
CLUB chapter leaders will find these videos helpful in answering
children's questions about the global food crisis. What is the
basis, and solutions, to the ongoing food shortage issues? How
does climate change complicate the picture? What can we do to make
a difference locally and internationally?
Future of Food - Part 1: Food riots on three continents, food inflation has rocketed and experts predict that by 2050, if things don't change, we will see mass starvation across the world. This film sees George Alagiah travel the world in search of solutions to the growing global food crisis.
climate change, and the changing supply of affordable
energy all factor into the issue.
Future of Food - Part 2- Senegal:
George heads out to India to discover how a changing diet in the developing world is putting pressure on the world's limited food resources. He finds out how using crops to produce fuel is impacting on food supplies across the continents. George then meets a farmer in Kent, who is struggling to sell his fruit at a profit, and a British farmer in Kenya who is shipping out tones of vegetables for our supermarket shelves. He also examines why so many people are still dying of hunger after decades of food aid.
Back in the UK, George challenges the decision-makers with the facts he has uncovered -- from Oxfam head of research Duncan Green to Sainsbury's boss Justin King. He finds out why British beef may offer a model for future meat production and how our appetite for fish is stripping the world's seas bare.
Future of Food - Part
3: In the final episode George Alagiah heads out to Havana to find out how they are growing half of their fruit and vegetables right in the heart of the city, investigates the 'land-grabs' trend -- where rich countries lease or buy up the land used by poor farmers in Africa -- and meets the Indian agriculturalists who have almost trebled their yields over the course of a decade.
George finds out how we in this country are using cutting-edge science to extend the seasons recycle our food waste and even grow lettuce in fish tanks to guarantee the food on our plates.
He hears the arguments about genetically modified food and examines even more futuristic schemes to get the food on to our plates.
Feeding 9 Billion: By 2050 there will be 9 billion people on the planet - but will there be enough food for everyone? Food security expert Dr Evan Fraser guides you through a whiteboard presentation of his solution to the Global Food Crisis.
Feeding 9 Billion --
Climate Change: Dr Evan Fraser guides you through a whiteboard presentation of his solution to the Global Food Crisis focusing in this video on the role of the local food system. For more from Evan
Fraser visit his website,
Feeding America is committed to
helping end the fight against hunger. In addition to visiting your
local food bank or emergency relief organization, here are some
other links and information that may help.