Haiti, 2013. IMA World Health/Christopher Glass

Celebrating World Food Day

  • Oct 15, 2013

IMA World Health/ Emily Esworthy

One-third of the food produced in the United States every year is thrown away, uneaten.

If this figure from the 2012 National Resources Defense Council doesn’t trouble you, take a moment to consider that more than 870 million people around the world do not have enough to eat. In fact, hunger kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.*

These facts should make us all think hard about what we eat, where it comes from, how much we waste and what we can do to make sure everyone has enough.

Wednesday, October 16 is World Food Day. First observed in 1981, World Food Day’s purpose is to mobilize advocacy campaigns and events to strengthen the political will to end hunger. It also offers the opportunity to strengthen national and international solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty while drawing attention to achievements in food security and agricultural development.

Through our projects to advance basic health care to people in post-conflict and developing nations such as Haiti, DR Congo, South Sudan and Tanzania, IMA World Health is actively involved in fighting hunger, particularly among young children.

One way IMA helps feed children is through our partnership Two Degrees Food. For every healthy and all-natural Two Degrees bar sold, Two Degrees provides a meal for a hungry child. Through our partnership, Two Degrees supplies IMA with meals for malnourished children in the areas where we work. (Note: Friends of IMA can receive 10% off the online purchase of Two Degrees bars by using the code IMA2013 at checkout.)

To date, IMA and Two Degrees have already provided a full ton of food for hungry children in Haiti, and we’re excited to be able to save more lives and restore health for more children together.

Please join us in observing World Food Day. There can be enough food for everyone!

*Statistics from the World Food Programme