Humanity First USA believes that food security is a basic human right. But around the world, that right is still being denied to far too many. Nearly a billion people around the world are facing food insecurity, due to poverty, natural disasters, conflicts and crises. Humanity First USA works with our volunteers and partners to serve the hungry, and eradicate the root causes of food insecurity through sustainable solutions.
What is Food Insecurity?Food insecurity is the absence of adequate resources to maintain a consistent, nourishing diet. The United States Department of Agriculture defines food insecurity as “a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food.” This can mean actual starvation conditions, where communities lack adequate calories to sustain themselves, but it doesn’t have to. Even if a family has enough caloric intake, they may suffer negative effects from poor food quality and variety.
The State of World Food SecurityFor years, the global community was making slow but steady progress towards eradicating food security. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, between 2005 and 2014, the prevalence of undernourishment declined from impacting 945 million to 783.7 million. However, beginning in 2015 food insecurity began to rise, reaching 820.8 million in 2017. Fully 10.9% of the world are undernourished, and in Eastern Africa, the number is 31.4% — almost one third of the population
How is Humanity First Helping Making Food Secure?
Food Security in the USAHumanity First USA is working to ensure no one goes hungry by fighting food insecurity at home and abroad. In the USA, our food security program has reduced hunger and food wastage, raised awareness and provided more than 80,000 meals through fourteen pantries, three soup kitchens and tens of serving events in locations across the country. Our ongoing programs include:
- Establishing & supporting food pantries
- Organizing food drives
- Setting up soup kitchens
- Sponsoring healthy eating and gardening programs at schools in underserved communities
- Advocating for healthy eating and food conservation
- Partnering with other organizations who share a common vision to make America hunger-free.