With World Hunger Day on the 28th of May, the spotlight turns to the profound impact of the global food crisis on millions of children and families living in extreme poverty. Compassion, stands at the forefront, supporting 2.3 million children across 29 countries. To delve into the significance of World Hunger Day and the efforts to address it, we spoke with Amanda Viviers, Creative Director at Compassion.

Understanding Acute Food Insecurity

At least 345 million people worldwide currently face acute food insecurity, where individuals go without food for a day or more. Amanda emphasized that Compassion’s approach revolves around empowering local churches, who serve as the first responders in these crises. “These churches are deeply involved in their communities and they have a unique ability to be able to understand and address the specific needs of the local families that are affected.

There are various root causes contributing to hunger, such as natural disasters like cyclones displacing hundreds of thousands of people, conflicts like the war in Ukraine disrupting food supplies, economic challenges, and the ongoing recovery from the pandemic. These factors create a perfect storm, particularly impacting those living on less than $1.50 a day. “Like last night, we heard news that there is a cyclone that has just hit landfall in Bangladesh. And over 800,000 people have been displaced because of that cyclone.

Short and Long-term Solutions

Since 2020, Compassion has delivered over 23 million food packages to address immediate needs. Additionally, they focus on sustainable solutions such as providing agricultural training, seeds, and livestock to help families break free from the cycle of poverty and food insecurity.

On World Hunger Day, Amanda encourages individuals and communities to advocate for fairness in access to food and basic needs. Holding governments and communities accountable is crucial in ensuring that no one goes hungry. Simple actions, such as reducing food waste and learning about different cultures through food, can also make a difference in addressing hunger on a daily basis.

Every individual has a role to play in ending hunger. By raising awareness, advocating for change, and fostering compassion, we can work towards a world where no one suffers from malnutrition or food insecurity. It’s not just about one day—it’s about making a lasting impact every day.

Learn more about World Hunger Day here. Listen to the full conversation below.