We Spend $9 Billion on Halloween. And A Miserable $1.5 Billion on World Hunger

October 27, 2017

The National Retail Federation says Halloween spending on candy and costumes will reach 9.1 billion this year.

To put that in perspective, the U.S. Food for Peace program, which fights world hunger, normally gets around 1.5 billion in funding a year.

Halloween can help feed the hungry, if we have imagination. Ohio’s Burwinkel Farms, for example, is offering This Bar Saves Lives as part of their Halloween festivities. Every purchase of this granola bar leads to a donation of Plumpy'Nut, an enriched peanut paste fed to severely malnourished children in developing countries.  Actress Kristen Bell of Frozen helped start This Bar Saves Lives.  

A Rhode Island based company, Edesia, produces the Plumpy’Nut and the charity Against Action Against Hunger distributes it. They are currently using the Plumpy'Nut donations to feed children in South Sudan and Somalia, two countries threatened by famine because of war. Action Against Hunger is also feeding malnourished children Plumpy’Nut in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Spokesperson for Action Against Hunger Anjala Illemassene says: "the needs in these countries remain high, and we tend to use it up quite quickly.”