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HUNGER IS A reality for 805 million people around the world.
Hunger and malnutrition have devastating effects on individuals, families and communities - making people more susceptible to diseases, causing physical deficiencies due to lack of nutrients and stunting mental abilities.
Hunger is a complex issue, usually compounded by poverty, unemployment, lack of agricultural infrastructure, war and natural disasters.
Right now, we face a global food crisis that needs our urgent attention - not only abroad, but also in our own backyards.
Yet, there is hope. Lack of food is not the cause of hunger. In fact, enough food is produced each year to feed everyone on the planet. The key to solving hunger is improving vulnerable communities' access to nutritious food. Improving access to food not only meets immediate physical needs, but also prevents long term negative effects on the health of individuals, families and communities – ensuring they not just survive, but thrive.
Hunger is a solvable problem, every time you buy a BELLIES PRODUCT, you are participating in the solution. You are investing in better futures for children and families around the world.
One of the most effective solutions in combating hunger is school feeding, which we support in 63 countries. Not only does this intervention ensure children have access to daily nutrients, but it also empowers them to break out of the cycle of poverty they were born into, and allows them to grow, learn, and thrive.
Research shows that when children are given school meals, attendance doubles and performance greatly improves. Girls with just a few years of education have fewer children, have them later in life and are better prepared to care for and educate them. For many children, a school lunch is the only meal they receive all day.
Food insecurity is a daily struggle for 49 million Americans. Since food is the most flexible item in a household budget, it is often the first expense to be cut. Out of the households struggling with food insecurity, 69% must choose between paying for utilities and buying groceries and 66% must choose between paying for medicine and buying groceries.
Through our partnership with Feeding America and the 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries in their network, we are providing vital nutrition to families here in the United States to ensure that no family in our nation is forced to make these trade offs.