Christians call for an end to physical and spiritual hunger

By October 17, 2007

USA (MNN) — Every 3.6 seconds, someone somewhere around the world dies of hunger. Every five seconds, that someone is a child. It's estimated that some 854 million people in the world suffer from hunger and malnutrition–about 100 times as many as those who actually die from it each year.

Yesterday, more than 150 countries observed World Food Day, a day created by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United States. This year's theme was "Right to Food," which is everyone's inherent human right.

Food for the Hungry, a Christian relief and development organization, works in developing countries around the world. President of FHI Ben Homan says this type of outreach has them positioned to share something more important than physical food. "At Food for the Hungry we have the opportunity to help people who are peering in from the outside, wondering what God is like, to show them exactly what His nature is — His tenderness, His kindness, His goodness, His mercy and His justice."

In order to accomplish this, FHI works with community leaders, churches and families, providing child development, economic development, agricultural, water, food security, health, church development and other programs to accomplish community-determined goals.

According to FHI, it costs just 19 cents to feed a child one meal. $34 will provide a meal for an entire school year. By provide food in Jesus' name, Homan says, "We have the opportunity to display His love and His character where it's needed."

If you'd like to help Food for the Hungry feed the needy, click here.

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