Sharing the Reality of World Hunger

It may be that we have become used to seeing children with bloated bellies, barely able to move. It may be that we are concerned about our own issues of paying bills with the little money we have. Or we are bombarded with breaking news about political or entertainers’ scandals. Whatever the cause, the reality of world hunger is not perceived by many to be significant.

Those of us who take on world hunger as a cause either by volunteering with coalitions to help end it, or to share the reality of with others, need to take this perspective into consideration. Our message may be falling on deaf ears.

I have heard and read discussions about taking care of “our own”, meaning people in the United States, when the issue of world hunger is brought up. There are even conspiracy theories about global hunger. We may never be able to reach those people, but honing our message for those that are open to the reality should be our goal.

World Hunger - Hunger Quote

I am by no means an expert, but someone who cares deeply about ending hunger. As I have been writing blog posts, I have seen the ones that make the biggest impact are those that:

  • Include the very small amount of money it costs to feed a person in a third world country, such as the World Food Program’s Fill The Cup campaign
  • Connect the dots about hunger and its effects on people
  • Portray individuals, especially in videos, in their own words and their own environments, such as a Place at the Table documentary
  • Include a simple call to action, such as a tweet to share, a click to a make a donation, etc.
  • Include simple statistics, or infographs that stick with you

The reality of world hunger is all around us, but bringing the message to people is a craft that can be taught to non-professionals.

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Connie Roberts

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Living in the Tampa Bay area, I'm lucky enough to see beautiful sunsets almost every day. Although life can be difficult at times, focusing on the positive and being with my family is what gets me through.

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Comments

  1. with the amount of waste in our country, i hate think about hunger. I also hate to think about the difficulties that other countries, especially corrupt ones make it difference to help.