Hunger: It exists in every community. In some communities, it can be caused by a lack of infrastructure. In others, it can be caused by a lack of resources or disruptions caused by conflict or drought.
As Rotarians, we look for ways to collaborate with programs around the world to impact hunger and malnutrition. One of the best sources for information on global hunger is the United Nations World Food Programme, which has developed some excellent information on global hunger and its impacts.
Hunger in the United States
While hunger in the United States is not as dramatic or prevalent as it is in other countries, it still exists in many communities. Hunger and food insecurity can be seen in rural, urban and suburban locations around the country. Feeding America is the largest hunger relief organization in the country, with member programs providing food, advocacy and hunger relief in every state.
Hunger and Food Waste
Hunger and food waste are closely tied. Estimates from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO) reveal than nearly half of the food that is grown on the planet goes to waste. Put another way, if food waste was a country, it would be the third largest in the world. The reasons for food waste can vary, depending on location and access to resources. In many developing countries, food waste is caused by a lack of infrastructure – including cold-chain and effective storage.