Race Against Hunger 2009 Highlights
The Race Against Hunger is a national service-learning campaign that unites students in the fight against global hunger and malnutrition. Tapping into the great potential of youth to become powerful agents of change, the Race Against Hunger aims to engage students in learning about the causes of global hunger and inspire them to become part of the solution.
Last year, nearly 11,000 students from more than 40 schools in 12 states across the U.S. and Canada joined this student campaign to end global hunger. These students helped raise awareness about global malnutrition while securing the funds needed to fight this preventable disease. Their efforts helped support Action Against Hunger in our mission to save the lives of malnourished children around the world.
Going Above & Beyond
Some schools expanded upon the Race in order to further engage students. Here are just a few examples:
- Ridge Academy in Chicago extended the educational component of the campaign with a series of student research projects focusing on countries where Action Against Hunger works. After presenting to fellow classmates, students shared a meal of traditional foods from each country.
- In New York, the Global Ambassadors, a student club from Bronxville Middle School, organized a school-wide Global Awareness Day, and a dodge-ball tournament to benefit Action Against Hunger.
- P.S. #5 in Paterson, NJ, better known as The Great School #5, orchestrated a day-long, event for the entire Paterson community. Joined by the mayor, the sheriff and other community leaders, the 600 students opened the Race Against Hunger with a street parade and continued with various festivities throughout the day.
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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.