International (MNN) — Through January and February of 2009, all gifts donated to Food for the Hungry will be matched by 19 times, according to the organization's Web site.
The Global Food Crisis continues to sweep over the world, now leaving "20 million children severely malnourished." According to the World Health Organization, between the years of 2006 and 2007, the number of "food-insecure" people rose from 849 million to 982 million in the 70 most-impoverished countries. The price of food has apparently risen approximately 83 percent in the past three years.
The World Health Organization says the food crisis is hitting Africa harder than other regions, where 60 to 80 percent of many families' incomes are spent on food. Food for the Hungry notes that the crisis is rising in the Dominican Republic and the Philippines as well, where many people are having fewer meals and less-nourishing sustenance.
Food for the Hungry is responding to this worldwide crisis by continuing to "answer God's call to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the poor." Based on a grant provided by USAID, gifts received through February 2009 will be multiplied 19 times if Food for the Hungry raises enough monetary support.
For more information, please visit Food for the Hungry's Web site or contact them with the information given to the left of this article.