Action Against Hunger to Honor Humanitarians

ACF to salute Procter & Gamble, reporters for work on behalf of populations in crisis.
Dr. Greg Allgood speaking at the 2009 Action Against Hunger Benefit Gala, courtesy S. Norcix

New York, NY—In recognition of their extraordinary efforts on behalf of distressed communities around the world, Procter & Gamble and Wall Street Journal reporters Roger Thurow and Scott Kilman will receive the annual Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award on November 18th. For the first time, Action Against Hunger | ACF International will honor a corporation for its philanthropic commitments in addition to awarding the prize to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the humanitarian field.

Procter & Gamble’s Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program has helped guarantee millions of liters of safe water to children and families during periods of crisis. Launched in 2004, the program supplies at cost a water purification product to humanitarian actors like Action Against Hunger that provide critical relief during emergencies. The PUR® Purifier of Water™ packets, developed by the company to treat contaminated drinking water, have been used in many recent natural disasters, including the Asian tsunami, hurricanes in the Caribbean, and floods in Bangladesh and the Philippines. Research has shown that this product can reduce diarrheal disease incidence in the developing world by up to 90 percent.

Action Against Hunger will honor journalists Roger Thurow and Scott Kilman for bringing global hunger to the attention of a mass audience through their new book, Enough: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty, and their ongoing reporting. Enough vividly illustrates how neglect and bad policies have kept more than a billion people hungry and calls readers to action to end this 21st century tragedy. The journalists’ past coverage of hunger, food security, and famine for the Wall Street Journal shed new light on starvation in Africa and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

The Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award, now in its 9th year, recognizes individuals whose philanthropy, public awareness efforts, or direct work in emergency settings has contributed significantly to the humanitarian field. Past recipients include filmmaker Terry George, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, President Nelson Mandela, journalist Anderson Cooper, and the late author Frank McCourt, among others.

Also on November 18th, Action Against Hunger will honor a Staff Member of the Year and present a special Founders Award in celebration of the organization’s 30th anniversary.

The Humanitarian Award

The 9th annual Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award will be presented to Procter & Gamble and Wall Street Journal reporters Roger Thurow and Scott Kilman at Action Against Hunger’s Annual Gala on November 18th at Capitale in New York City.