It’s estimated that 805 million people worldwide do not have enough food to eat. 300 million of these are children. 6 million children die from malnutrition before their 5th birthday.
Hunger is the number one cause of death in the world, killing more than HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. In some countries, an estimated 100 billion pounds of food are thrown away annually. Reducing that by only 30% would be enough to feed more than 50 million people.
There are many simple things we can do to make a difference right now. To get you started here are three.
Clean Your Fridge
From last night takeout to last weekend’s farmer’s market leftovers, you can easily put a couple of meals together. Many local food banks accept food scraps, from fruit, vegetable, and leftovers.
Organize Your Food Pantry
Remove all what you know won’t be consumed. If something is unopened and not expired, it could easily be part of your food donation. Most foods can be still consumed after their use by dates but it’s always best to donate food before that date. Ask yourself if you or your family would eat the food you are donating.
Veggies from Your Vegetable Garden
If you maintain a vegetable garden or know someone that does, it is likely that it’s producing more than it can be consumed. You can even plant an extra row of veggies for the purpose of donating it. This doesn’t only help feed the hungry but help improving your community’s health and the environment.
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