The pandemic has been devastating in so many ways, but one of the worst long-term affects is its impact on world hunger. A key UN Development goal is “zero hunger” by 2030. At the end of 2019, there were encouraging signs of progress towards this big goal. In 2000, about 15 percent of the world’s population was undernourished, but at the end of 2019 that was down to less than 9 percent.
Unfortunately, the pandemic reversed all that progress. Between job loss and lockdowns, families living in poverty have few options. Promised government food aid is not reaching those most vulnerable, and travel limitations make it more difficult for aid organizations to help. Today, as many as 811 million people are suffering from undernourishment, a number we haven’t seen since 2006.
Sadly, with slow vaccine roll out in many developing countries and the increased transmission of the Delta variant, conditions are continuing to worsen. Peru, for instance, has been in continuous lockdown for much of the past 18 months, and has the highest per-capita Covid death rate of any country in the world. Loss of both income earners combined with the inability for other families to even go to work leaves many in desperate circumstances. Similarly, Uganda, which avoided a large outbreak during the first waves of the pandemic, had a huge surge in cases earlier this summer. They are still in lockdown as a result, making it extremely challenging for families to access food. These stories are repeated across the world.
The pandemic was difficult enough for us to manage here in the U.S. Even though much of our population had saving accounts to fall back on, many of our jobs could be performed remotely, and our government offered aid to see people through, Covid still hurt our job market and economy. But imagine if you had no savings account, no internet access, let alone the option to work online, and no help from the government. How would you have fed your family during lockdown?
Childcare Worldwide’s primary mission is sharing the gospel – we are not a food aid organization. But sometimes, sharing the gospel means feeding hungry children first. And with food security decreasing around the world due to the Covid crisis, that aspect of our work is more important than ever.
By feeding hungry children at Life Centers, we’re ensuring they have access to the nutrition they might be missing at home. During these difficult times, we’re also supplementing those important Life Center meals with Hope Packs full of the essential groceries families need to survive.
Seeing the growing threat of hunger around the world, it would be easy to become overwhelmed. But we’re grateful for the part we get to play in beating hunger! We serve a big God who holds all of this in His hands, and we are trusting Him to provide for each of the children we serve. Meanwhile, we step forward in faith, feeding those we can, making a difference where we’re able, and praying always for an end to hunger.
Join us today! Pray for families around the world who are experiencing hunger due to Covid, and make your gift today to help provide meals for hungry kids!
Hunger statistics are taken from the United Nations 2021 Sustainable Development Goals Report. https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/report/2021/