Students Against Hunger

Action Against Hunger in Cambodia
Photo: Guy Calaf for Action Against Hunger, Cambodia

It is a moral outrage that nearly 5,500 children die each day while their hard-working parents lose the fight to save them. In a plentiful and generous world, every life should be well-fed. Yet 1 in 3 children worldwide never get enough nutrition.

We can end hunger for good, within our lifetimes. But we can’t do it alone. With your help, we can reach millions more people, innovate better ways to deal with hunger, and advocate for lasting change.

Overview of our programs 

When children face life-threatening hunger, their bodies can’t absorb nutrients, even if food becomes available. Hunger treatment is a medical intervention that combines key vitamins and minerals in easily-digestible, calorie-rich and ready-to-eat packets. This can help us bring a child from a medical crisis to full health in as little as 45 days, with careful monitoring. With our no-frills approach to overhead, that means we can save a life for as little as $150. It can seem deceptively simple, but that’s just part of the picture.

Ending hunger takes highly trained staff and coordinated operations. It takes sophisticated analytics to predict emerging needs in places that don’t appear in the news. It takes world-class logistics to pre-position supplies that provide seasonal safety nets. It takes trusted relationships with local leaders to monitor needs on the ground and respond quickly to crisis. It takes dedicated teams to brave dangerous terrain in far-flung places to offer a child’s only lifeline. It takes grit to continually create better ways to deal with hunger. 

Action Against Hunger is the world’s hunger specialist. We know what works, and we’re extremely efficient in delivering it. Action Against Hunger works in more than 45 countries, providing 20 million vulnerable people with life-changing assistance. 

Action Against Hunger aims to eliminate life-threatening hunger for good, within our lifetimes. To start, we’re working to double, by 2020, the number of children who can access urgent hunger treatment, and to help countless more families realize their goal of never needing hunger treatment at all.

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TAKE ACTION 

 Start a #Team45 fundraising campaign 

Help us stand up for the one million children who die every year due to severe acute malnutrition. Young lives that you can save.

Join #TEAM45 and every dollar you raise will help us reach a vulnerable child in desperate need of lifesaving treatment. Here's how you can get involved:

1) SIGN UP: Create a fundraising profile. 
2) SHARE: Ask friends and family for support. 
3) SAVE LIVES: Have a lifesaving impact!  

Gather your classmates, friends, family, and community around your campaign to save children from hunger. Download our fundraising guide for ideas.  

Join Team45 today >> 

Raise Awareness 

Make your voice count. Severe acute malnutrition is a major public health problem, but is given little attention despite 1 million child deaths linked directly to it.

The actions you take today will make a difference to kids everywhere. 

Get Your School Involved!  

If you are interested in getting your school involved, your first step is to talk to your school administrators about forming a club or hosting an activity. Once you have permission from your school, there are a variety of ways you can fundraise or raise awareness for global hunger. 

We recommend using our Team45 platform, if allowed to by your school. If not, you can still use the fundraising guides available on Team45 to help you execute your event!

Action Against Hunger on Social Media 

Keep up-to-date on our latest news and achievements, and share our stories with your family and friends through on social media. You can use our stories in your own activities to raise funds and awareness. When you share our posts, you are helping bring an end to deadly hunger! 

You can follow Action Against Hunger on: 
Facebook - Twitter - Instagram - YouTube 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Do you have questions about your involvement with Action Against Hunger? Or, do you have a school project about global hunger or our work? Check out our FAQ’s for answers to your questions! 

When and why did Action Against Hunger start? 

Action Against Hunger was founded in France as Action Contre La Faim in 1979 by a group of French intellectuals in response to the emergency in Afghanistan. While the fight against hunger had previously been an element of more general humanitarian action (the fight against poverty, promoting better health, etc.) they founded an organization that was exclusively dedicated to ending hunger.  

What is Action Against Hunger’s mission and vision? 

Our Vision: For a world free from hunger 

Our Mission: For almost 40 years, across nearly 50 countries, we have led the global fight against hunger. We save the lives of children and work with their communities before and after disaster strikes. We enable people to provide for themselves, see their children grow up strong, and build prosperous communities. 

We constantly search for more effective solutions, while sharing our knowledge and expertise with the world. We push for long-term change. We will never give up. Until the world is free from hunger. 

What is Hunger?  

Hunger has many meanings. Many of us use it every day when we feel that our bellies are empty – a reminder from our body that we need nourishment. However, a malnourished child may not even feel the hunger we experience. When we use the word hunger, we do not mean the desire to eat. Rather, we define it as established by the U.N. World Food Program: any caloric intake below the minimum of 2000 calories per day.  

Why is fighting hunger important? 

About 821 million people—one in nine of the world’s population—do not have sufficient access to food. Yet the world produces enough food to feed every man, woman, and child on the planet. 

One in every three children in low- and middle-income countries in the world suffers from chronic undernutrition—which can cause irreversible stunting to their physical and mental development. 

Undernutrition is not the single greatest threat to child survival worldwide: an estimated 45 percent of all child deaths are from causes related to undernutrition.  

We believe that no one should be hungry or suffer from undernutrition in today’s world. Hunger is not inevitable. Addressing its root causes – conflict, poverty, injustice as well as climate change and gender inequality – can end in change. 

In what countries is hunger the worst? 

According to the 2016 Human Development Index, a study done by the United Nations Development Programme, the 10 nations with the lowest human development scores in the world are: Eritrea, Sierra Leone, Mozambique, South Sudan, Guinea, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Chad, Niger, and Central African Republic. 

How does Action Against Hunger fight hunger? 

Action Against Hunger works not only to treat acutely undernourished children through a community‐based approach, but also to improve child survival and prevent undernutrition by addressing its underlying causes. We have contributed to the development of revolutionary nutrition products and conducted field testing of treatment protocols that are now international best practice. From isolated rural communities to overcrowded urban slums to refugee camps, Action Against Hunger works to prevent and treat undernutrition in over 45 countries around the world. We work in humanitarian emergencies and in more stable contexts to improve the health and survival of the most vulnerable children under the age of five, as well as pregnant women and nursing mothers. 

Do you have stories of people you have helped? 

Yes, we have stories continually updated online. Please take a look at our latest stories from all over the world. 

How does Action Against Hunger get the food and supplies needed to places like Africa? 

Action Against Hunger has a dedicated Logistics team which manages our supply chain for all our regional offices. We are able to source the majority of our materials (80-90%) within the countries or regions in which we work. Supplies like medicine, RUTF’s, and specialized equipment we sometimes have to ship in from elsewhere due to quality concerns. These are shipped via plane or boat into the country. The supplies are then delivered via car, boat, motorbike, or even walking! 

Can world hunger be eliminated? 

Yes! Hunger can be eliminated, and Action Against Hunger will not stop until we create a world free from hunger, for everyone, for good.  

The number of children receiving treatment for severe acute undernutrition has tripled over the past 10 years. Investments in nutrition are one of the world’s most cost‐effective, impactful interventions. New research shows that every $1 invested in a child’s nutrition in the first 1,000 days yields an average of $16 in benefits. Levels of hunger in the world’s least developed countries have declined by more than 25 percent. Hunger is man‐made. With the right investments, partnerships, commitments, strategies, and interventions, the world has the power to eliminate chronic hunger—and undernutrition in all its forms—by 2030. 

Does Action Against Hunger offer internships or volunteer opportunities?  

Since all of our work is done internationally, we currently do not have a volunteer program in the United States, but if you are interested in interning with Action Against Hunger in our New York or Washington DC offices, you can find all available openings on our Career Portal at various times throughout the year.

Action Against Hunger is a global humanitarian organization that takes decisive action against the causes and effects of hunger. We save the lives of malnourished children. We ensure everyone can access clean water, food, training and healthcare. We enable entire communities to be free from hunger.