Thanksgiving weekend is all about stuffing one's face with delicious turkey and other holiday treats. It is also a good time to remind people that global hunger exists, is solvable, and because of the World Food Program, we have a way to fight hunger in all corners of the globe.
Starvation looms for millions of people in the landlocked African country of Niger. Earlier this month, the World Food Program executive director Josette Sheeran declared Niger an emergency operation, saying that the brains and bodies of children under five may become damaged for life. "We risk losing a generation there," she said.
For many readers, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving means leaving work early and travelling to our friends and families homes, all in preperaration for a giant meal tomorrow. This seems like an opportune time to remind people that there are over a billion undernourished people in the world. Here are some statistics on global hunger from the World Food Program.