Hunger will kill us before Coronavirus

"Hunger will kill us before Coronavirus"

This has become a common phrase spoken worldwide by vulnerable communities, largely concentrated in South Asia and Africa. With coronavirus cases rising and parts of the world experiencing famine, mainly due to the worst locust outbreak in decades, already unstable food supply chains are being shaken. It has been recently estimated that one in two people are experiencing food insecurity worldwide.

Stampede created while waiting for food aid

Stampede in Kenya as slum residents gather for food aid. Photographer: Khalil Senosi/AP

Back in April, the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) warned that Covid-19 will double the number of people suffering from food insecurity to 265 million ‘unless swift action is taken’. However, this no longer remains a warning and is the expected case for us by the end of 2020. For many countries, a second wave of Covid-19 is underway. This has led to growing concerns over food chains and hunger.

So what can you do to be part of the solution? The head of the WFP is urging people who can afford to help to do so. With Thanksgiving approaching, now is as good a time as any to donate food and support charities fighting hunger. Volunteering your time to help provide meals is also another way to get involved.

We can only get through this together. Join us in the movement to fight hunger!

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