Thursday, December 28, 2006
The Hunger Site
I have to remind myself once in awhile how fortunate I am. I have nice, hot meals daily and lovely clothes and lots of other 'want-to-have' stuff (versus 'need-to-have'). Millions of people (actually estimated one billion) suffer from hunger and malnutrition. Below are some stark facts from the Hunger Site, fyi.
ABOUT THE HUNGER SITE
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HUNGER: DO YOU KNOW THE FACTS?
It is estimated that one billion people in the world suffer from hunger and malnutrition. That's roughly 100 times as many as those who actually die from these causes each year.
About 24,000 people die every day from hunger or hunger-related causes. This is down from 35,000 ten years ago, and 41,000 twenty years ago. Three-fourths of the deaths are children under the age of five.
Famine and wars cause about 10% of hunger deaths, although these tend to be the ones you hear about most often. The majority of hunger deaths are caused by chronic malnutrition. Families facing extreme poverty are simply unable to get enough food to eat.
In 1999, a year marked by good economic news, 31 million Americans were food insecure, meaning they were either hungry or unsure of where their next meal would come from. Of these Americans, 12 million were children. The Hunger Site began on June 1, 1999.
Please remember to click every day to give help and hope to those with nowhere to turn. Every click counts in the life of a hungry person. You can click from the sidebar on this blog, just below the clock. You are welcome to come back daily to click it.