We've all had days where we've been too busy or too sick to eat, and I'm sure you're familiar with the pangs of hunger and lack of energy associated with missing a few meals. But can you imagine living with unrelenting hunger every day of your life? 1 billion people around the world know exactly what it's like.
It's so easy to get caught up in our own lives and our own financial issues that it's hard to fathom, much less comprehend, the scale of a problem like hunger in the world. We're not talking about the local homeless guy rummaging through a trash-can full of food, these are people that are barely surviving on less than a handful of rice a day. If you're wondering how anyone could live off of that, you'd be right, 25,000 people die every day from hunger and related illnesses. That's more than 8 times the number of people who passed away on 9/11 or a killer tsunami striking once a week.
The problem is only getting worse. Over the past few years, the cost of basic food commodities have skyrocketed which has lead to a corresponding rise in people who are chronically hungry. I don't usually like to get too political, but this isn't about politics. The truth of the matter is that 1 in 7 people in the world go hungry every day while many of us have an abundance of food in our fridge.
So let's collectively make a difference. It's not hard, and if we all pitch in a few dollars of our food budget a month, our community could provide hundreds of thousands of meals a month. I'm calling this ongoing effort Blog Away Hunger. It's a way for all of us to provide sustainable support to the World Food Program, while challenging ourselves in the kitchen.
See how you can participate and please help spread the word!