CI Provides Food Assistance During Crises Until Food Security Becomes Reality
October 14, 2013 at 03:00 AM EDT
Laying a Foundation with Children International Food Programs
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Kansas City, MO, October 14, 2013 /3BL Media/ - World Food Day's theme on October 16 is "Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition." The reasons for the theme are numerous. While food security is something many people in the world take for granted, it is something that many others in the world desperately lack, experiencing extreme hunger on a daily basis. Until sustainable food systems are in place, nutritional interventions are essential in situations of extreme poverty as well as in emergency or disaster situations. Children International’s food assistance program fills that gap.
A child dies from a hunger-related disease every 5 seconds, and many people may spend as much as 80 percent of their income on food, though that is still not enough to feed them. Children International’s nutritional-rehabilitation program directly supports the efforts of World Food Day by helping to rescue children and their families from the void of hunger. This program is essential to the people who suffer the effects of malnutrition.
Children International’s School Feeding Program in Lusaka, Zambia, provides a mid-day meal to children in nine schools. The children who would otherwise likely not have access to sufficient food not only receive a nutritional meal but also attend school.
Jack McCanna, Children International’s Vice President of Program Services, explains why World Food Day is such an important event to recognize. He says, “Children International’s food programs are only one aspect of the interventions we make, but they are of critical importance. We also provide nutrition education to parents. When people learn how to make good nutritional meals – which can be hard with limited food budgets – their families reap the benefits and that can create a pattern that impacts future generations.” The organization provides the education to lay the foundation for better nutrition for those families in the future.
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