By Lauren Bush Lauren
Take a moment to remember the last time you felt hungry. If you’re anything like me, you probably felt tired, irritable, maybe unfocussed. Isn’t it crazy that today, 842 million people are affected by hunger? That means 1 in 8 people in the world struggle with the ability to learn, work and care for their families because they are hungry.
Eradicating global hunger may seem like an insurmountable task. But actually, it is a completely solvable problem. Lack of food is not the cause of hunger. In fact, there is enough food produced each year to feed everyone on the planet! There is no reason any child should ever go hungry, and that is why FEED exists.
I was first introduced to the issue of hunger as a student spokesperson for the World Food Programme. During my travels with WFP, I saw firsthand the realities of extreme hunger and poverty. As a result, I founded FEED, a social business that creates good products that help feed the world. Since FEED’s founding in 2007, we have provided over 80 million meals to children in need through our giving partners.
Something I continue to see as CEO of FEED is how disproportionately the issue of hunger affects women and girls—from child development to maternal health.
That is why one of the biggest programs that FEED supports (and that is near and dear to my heart) is school feeding. This program gives families an incentive to send their daughters to school – so they are receiving both a meal for the day, as well as furthering their education.
Because of our shared vision for making the world a better place for women and girls, I am thrilled and honored to be a part of this initiative. FEED has partnered with ONE for many years and together we are working to end global hunger.
This is also an exciting time for FEED, as we are launching FEED Supper on September 16, our first grassroots call to action for people of all walks to come together around the issue of hunger.
I will be posting about FEED Supper throughout the month, and I hope all of you will join me in contributing to our goal of raising one million meals by October 16th.
FEED’s partnership with ONE is a reminder that so much can be done to eradicate hunger in coming together around a shared purpose.