Cornell University Students Partner with ACF to Fight Global Hunger
Written by: OreOluwa Badaki, Cornell University Student
Big Red Relief is a student organization at Cornell University devoted to promoting communal action for the good of mankind. Our organization began when Cornell students decided to throw a benefit concert for the victims of the 2005 South Asian Tsunami. Since then, the Big Red Relief Concert has become the largest annual fundraiser event at Cornell University.
This year, we have turned our attention toward the Global Food Crisis. We chose to work with Action Against Hunger because we admired its commitment to sustainability. In the past Big Red Relief has worked to alleviate suffering in response to global crises, now we would like to do our part in preventing future crises as well. Action Against Hunger’s Food Security Initiative ensures that the effects of the aid efforts will not be short-lived and that they will improve future prospects as well as present standards.
We see that Action Against Hunger does not just give away food, it tries to make sure that those whose lives it touches will be given the tools needed to ensure their own well-being long after the foreign aid packages stop rolling in. Big Red Relief believes in this goal, and we look forward to doing what we can to make it a reality.
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Facts about Hunger
925 million people suffer from hunger and malnutrition around the world.
Malnutrition affects 32.5% of children in developing countries.
1 out of every 6 infants are born with low birth weight due to undernutrition among pregnant women in developing countries.
1 out of every 3 people in developing countries are affected by vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
Hunger is number one on the list of the world's top 10 health risks. It kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.