Food = Life
Food is a universal need! Young or old, male or female, black or white, everybody needs nourishment and life-sustaining vitamins and nutrients that energize our bodies, keeping us healthy, active, and alive!
You might take it for granted that you’ll have a hot meal on the table or something to snack on when your stomach grumbles, but that reality is not the experience of many people around the globe.
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Hunger = Pain
Without a proper diet, the body becomes dehydrated, weak, and susceptible to a host of other sicknesses and diseases like:
- Osteoporosis (frail bones)
- Anemia (lack of iron, causing weakness, shortness of breath, fainting)
- Beriberi (lack of vitamin B1, causing emotional disturbances, weak heart, edema, lethargy, paralysis, and death)
- Scurvy (lack of vitamin C, causing general weakness, gum disease, and skin hemorrhages)
- Pellagra (lack of vitamin B3 causing reddish skin lesions, aggressive behavior, insomnia, ataxia, diarrhea and glossitis)
- Kwashiorkor/bloated belly (loss of muscle, swelling, failure to grow, protruding stomach)
Around the World
Throughout the world, an estimated 1.4 billion people live on less than $1.25 a day. Since food is not free, poor children and families have trouble getting the food their bodies need to survive.
More than 1 billion people in the world are malnourished because they simply don’t have access to nourishing foods with the vitamins and calories they need.
Though masked by a prosperity-focused culture, poverty is a serious issue in America. And the problem has only become more serious in the hurting economy. More than half of all poor children in America live in eight states—California, Illinois, Michigan, Texas, New York, Florida, Ohio, and Georgia. And one out of every seven people in the U.S. has trouble putting food on the table. Unfortunately, the children suffer the most.
Beyond Hunger… It Gets Worse
Particularly in countries plagued by poverty and famine, resources are scarce, causing millions of people to live in fear, not knowing where their next meal will come from, or if they will even survive until the next meal comes. Children and families are hopeless. Many resort to alcohol, drugs, violence, or crime as solutions to their problem, not knowing where else to turn.
Imagine you’re a father who is struggling to provide for your family, or a mother who doesn’t know how you will feed your little ones. You feel alone, helpless, and afraid. That kind of stress and emotionally damaging turmoil can be devastating. But CHF is here to give hope!
Explore OUR SOLUTIONS to see how CHF is fighting the problem of hunger!