World Food Day Facts & Interactive Quiz

15 Oct

The following is a press release from Save the Children.  To take their interactive quiz about World Food Day, click here.

WESTPORT, Conn. (Oct. 12, 2010) – Although hunger rates have declined in many countries, more action must address the rising number of children suffering from chronic malnutrition, Save the Children said ahead of World Food Day – October 16.

The vast majority of developing countries have reduced child hunger rates since 1990. And with five years to go, 62 of 118 developing countries are on track to meet the U.N. Millennium Development Goal of cutting child hunger rates in half. But progress still isn’t reaching many who need it most, and in some places, things are getting worse. In recent years, the economic downturn, volatile food prices, and extreme weather have also contributed to growth in the absolute numbers of hungry and malnourished children.

Around the world, 195 million children now suffer from chronic malnutrition, up from 178 million, according to UNICEF.  To find out what the dramatic consequences of that condition are, and what can be done about it…

Take the World Food Day Challenge!

Find the quiz and other facts about fighting child hunger here: www.savethechildren.org/worldfoodday

This interactive quiz provides surprising answers to questions such as:

How many calories do Americans and others eat each day?

How much food do we throw out?

How much more food will the world need to grow by 2050?

What proportion of children in developing countries are chronically malnourished?

What food could save more children’s lives than any other?

World Food Day is October 16.  It’s a good opportunity to consider what the world should do about 925 million hungry people—and what greater focus on good nutrition could mean for children, their communities, and the world.

Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in 120 countries, including the United States.  We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities.  In times of acute crisis, we mobilize rapid assistance to help children recover from the effects of war, conflict and natural disasters. Save the Children is made up of 29 member organizations working together worldwide. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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One Response to “World Food Day Facts & Interactive Quiz”

  1. Lori October 16, 2010 at 2:00 pm #

    Wow, this is SO, SO important. In taking the quiz, there was a LOT I didn’t know about hunger. Now that I do, I feel I need to do more, especially locally. It’s not difficult to buy a few extra staples once in a while and drop them off at a food pantry or homeless shelter. I especially liked the letter at the end to send to Government representatives. I literally did NOTHING more than entering my information. Everything else was written FOR me. It doesn’t get any easier to show support for a very important cause. The number of children who die worldwide each year of malnurishment was staggering. It’s heartbreaking to know what we Americans throw away so much edible food, when so many children are literally dying because they have none. I will be making some changes around my household.

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