Do you believe in a #hungerfree world?
At World Vision, we believe in a world where every child has a place at the table. A place where they can grow up healthy and strong, and parents can breathe easier. A place where meals are shared, community is fostered and there’s always enough to go around.
Few things draw us closer together than the sharing of food.
Whether it’s Tuesday night leftovers or the celebration of an important milestone,
special memories are created as we “break bread” with friends and loved ones.
Sharing food is about so much more than filling plates. It’s a way to extend love to those who gather around our tables.
We eat and grow satisfied, we talk and laugh together. Bad days become good.Strangers become friends.
When we experience the joy of sharing food, we realize that good food is essential—and not just for our bodies.
It’s critical for our minds, hearts and spirits too.
When we have food to enjoy and share, we grow as individuals and as communities.
Dennis The Prescott | Food is Community
Bonus Episode: Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony
Child sponsorship makes it possible.
For too many children and families, this joyful experience is all but unknown. Mealtimes are the measure of what’s missing in life. Parents brace for silent heartbreak as children prepare to leave the table still hungry but without complaint. It’s a desperately far cry from what food was meant to be.
We believe in a world where food means joy, celebration and togetherness. Where food is enough for today, for tomorrow and for all the tomorrows after that. Where communities are empowered to share their love for each other around their tables.
Get the bigger picture
You’ve watched the videos, stay tuned to read the fascinating behind-the-scene accounts of the intriguing people and communities that renowned Canadian chef and food blogger Dennis The Prescott met on his travels in Ethiopia. From joyous celebrations to the struggles of providing food for hungry children, their stories are unforgettable and their spirits are undefeatable.
Child sponsorship has been a critical part of
changing children’s lives for over 60 years.
Thanks to caring donors, all registered children are monitored to ensure they are receiving proper nutrition and families are trained to recognize the signs of malnourishment and how to respond.
Together we’ve impacted the lives of over 200 million vulnerable children by tackling the root causes of poverty. And because of our community focused solutions, for every child you help, four more children benefit, too.
You’re invited on a life-changing journey to help children do far more than just survive. The table is set for a hunger free world—and every child deserves a place at the table.
Sponsorship can be a critical part of that. Welcome a child to the celebration today.
Tackling hunger together
In 2017*, people like you partnered with World Vision to tackle hunger in communities around the world. Here’s just some of what we achieved together:
- 4,088 gardens helped families, community groups and schools provide nutritious food for their children
- 111,088 metric tonnes of food were distributed to children and families affected by hunger
- 151,157 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing up healthy
- 3.6 million people benefited from food aid, helping them fight hunger and malnutrition, in partnership with the World Food Programme.
*Results for projects reported from October 2016 to September 2017
Frequently asked questions
Nearly everywhere in the world! Together with your support, we’re bringing about change in more than 50 countries, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe and dozens of countries in between.
In partnership with World Vision International, our work reaches children in nearly 100 countries around the globe. In addition to stable countries, where development work is easier, you’ll find us in places where it couldn’t be more difficult. Our love for children takes us to spots where many other organizations don’t work, even when that place is extremely dangerous. If children need help, then we need to be there.
We provide children and families with the means to fight hunger and achieve food security. Food security means that families will know where their next meal is coming from — and that it will be nutritious and hearty enough to help them live an active, healthy life. Specifically, we help by:
- Increasing agricultural productivity through improved seed and farming practices
- Improving access to markets so farming families can sell their surplus food
- Teaching families and communities about dietary diversity and how to improve nutrition
- Managing resources in a sustainable way to prevent soil erosion, maintain soil fertility, use water more efficiently and protect the environment
There are a number of common misconceptions about food insecurity. Here are some of them:
- “People go hungry because there isn’t ENOUGH food in the world.” This is mostly false. There is enough food to eat for everyone but due to extreme poverty, many people cannot access sufficient nutritious food.
- A second misconception would be the “security” part of the term food security. This is about the ability of a family, child, woman, to have a consistent reliable source of nutritious food. Is their source of food secure from poverty, natural disaster, conflict?
- Famines occur when there is a sudden drought, flood, and war that prevents people from accessing food. However, the fact is that more people die or experience significant health problems because of chronic food insecurity. Chronic food insecurity means that people continually are at risk of 1) not having enough food to eat 2) not having sufficient nutritious food. Day to day, it’s a struggle for them to get enough food and the right kinds of food. Often the stories of chronic food insecurity are not in the news because it’s every-day life for the poorest families. We have found that, over time, these chronic food shortages are even more damaging to a child’s health than sudden onset of famine.
Food security is defined as when all people, at all times, have access to enough (quantity), nutritious (quality), safe, personally acceptable and culturally appropriate foods, produced in ways that are environmentally sound and socially just.
Food is a basic human right. Food security is comprised of four key pillars (availability, access, utilization and stability). Agriculture primarily contributes towards the “food availability” pillar through production of diverse and nutritionally rich foods (crops and animals). However, it also contributes towards “access” when farmers sell surplus farm produce. Agriculture refers to the practice of farming to produce food through cultivation of crops or rearing and keeping of animals. Without nutritious food, children can’t develop into the active, brilliant kids we know they can be. Sadly, lack of food is the reality for far too many of the world’s children. Food crises affect the most vulnerable, as rising food prices, transportation costs and environmental factors make it difficult for families to meet their needs.
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Your donation can make a critical difference to hungry children, especially in emergency situations. Droughts, natural disasters, or conflict can devastate farms and gardens, forcing families to flee. Through our partnership with he World Food Programme, your gift will provide life-giving food aid for children.