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how prayer works…by someone who should know

'You pray for the hungry. Then you feed them. This is how prayer works." Pope Francis:

Praying for the hungry means feeding the hungry. Pope Francis has it right. This is how prayer works. Caring enough to pray for the hungry means little if our compassion isn’t deep enough to lead us to action.

We can, and we should, end hunger in the next 15 years. Working together we can change the world forever. Praying for the hungry is necessary to make it happen. Feeding the hungry is necessary to make it happen. Changing our values and our consumer-oriented and our wasteful lifestyles are all also necessary.

The key to ending hunger in our lifetime is taking action. We just need to care enough to act.

changing the world

The numbers of extremely poor continue to drop around the globe. Working together, we are changing the world.

The chart pictured above illustrates the good news. The Millennium Development Goals (from 2000 -2015), and now the Sustainable Development Goals (2016-2030), are working, and working well.

We are on track to end hunger by 2030. Let’s continue striving to make it happen. Working together we can achieve a world without hunger, and we can do it in our lifetime.

 

misplaced priorities

Whose priorities?:

Many people still fail to realize that  food security is intractably interwoven into our global security. A hungry world is an insecure world. Global security would be greatly enhanced by ensuring that hunger is eradicated in our lifetime.

The cost of ending hunger is actually almost insignificant. This is true when measured against just the military spending of the United States, not even factoring in the defense budgets of the other developed countries of the world.

Ending hunger should be a major strategy in achieving a safer and more secure world. It’s not as sexy as billion dollar bombers, but it is far more moral and a a hell of a lot more cost effective.

only when food is plentiful

I eat what I eat. Don’t make eating complicated. Rules are made only when food is plentiful; in times of famine, one eats what one can get. — Hari Dass

Most of us cannot even conceive of a time when food isn’t plentiful. We are among the blessed of the global family who have always had plentiful food. We are the well-fed minority.

The vast majority of the world knows from painful, and all to often deadly, experience that there are times when food is anything but plentiful. Sometimes food is so scarce that you are forced to watch loved ones suffer a slow and agonizing decline from lack of food. In many parts of the world there is actually a “Hunger Season,” the time before harvest when food is so scarce that prices for basic sustenance climb so high that most cannot afford the luxury of more than a simple meal once a day, if that.

But when food is plentiful we play with it. We get creative with it. We take it for granted. We waste it.

When food is plentiful we become picky eaters. We have so many food choices we continually search for new and more exotic varieties and combinations. We now have an entire entertainment industry focused on food. That can only happen when food is plentiful.

There are many of us that now live to eat rather than eat to live. That can happen only when food is plentiful.

When food is plentiful we could end hunger forever. We could share with those sit in the shadow of famine and create a word where food is available to all.

We can change the world forever by ending hunger in our lifetime. That can happen only when food is plentiful.

next stop: Peru

Later this year Stop Hunger Now will open an affiliate office in Peru. This will be our sixth country where Stop Hunger Now will work to engage volunteers to help end hunger in our lifetime.

We already have affiliate locations in South Africa, Malaysia, Italy, the Philippines and India. And this summer, our first location in South America will join the list of countries where our meal packaging program encourages people to become an active participate in the global movement to end hunger in our lifetime.

Peru Next Stop for Stop Hunger Now

Stop Hunger Now will open an office this summer in Lima, Peru.

Stop Hunger Now Peru aims to provide 600,000 meals in its first 12 months — through June 2016 — and then 1 million meals each of the next two years.

The office, the first Latin American affiliate for Stop Hunger Now, will work to help address poverty in Peru, a country of 30 million people in which three in 10 people live in poverty.

The office also will work to support the national policy of advancing collaboration and corporate social responsibility, and help public, private, education and civic organizations engage and inspire volunteerism among employers and members.

Stop Hunger Now has provided over 140 million meals in 15 countries. In South America and Latin America, Stop Hunger Now has shipped nearly 28.9 million meals in 11 countries, including over 570,000 meals in Peru.

– See more at: http://www.stophungernow.org/movement-grows-newsletter/#Peru