WFP calls for citizens action to feed the one billion hungry

Published November 17th, 2009 - 01:33 GMT

At a time when funds to feed the hungry are hard to come by, the
United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today urged ordinary people to
put food on the table of the world’s hungry by supporting the “Billion for
a Billion” online campaign.

“The challenge of feeding a billion people may seem huge, but now you can
fill the cup of a hungry child with a simple click of a mouse,” said
Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of WFP. “If a billion internet users
donate a dollar, or a Euro a week, we can literally transform the lives of
a billion hungry people across the world.”

WFP is highlighting the “Billion for a Billion” campaign on the eve of a
World Food Summit, hosted by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization at
its headquarters in Rome, where world leaders are – once again – being
asked to find solutions to the growing number of hungry people in the
world.

“Year in, year out, governments have supported WFP in its mission to feed
the world’s hungriest people, but they cannot be expected to do it alone,”
Sheeran added.  “I’m saying it’s time for members of the public to act now
and support our campaign to end the suffering caused by hunger.”

The “Billion for a Billion” campaign (www.wfp.org/1billion) is designed to
make a link between the “on-line haves” and the “have nots,” demonstrating
how small actions or donations can make a huge difference to the lives of
the hungry poor.

“Citizen action has abolished slavery, given women the right to vote, and
helped to ban the use of landmines across much of our planet,” said WFP
Executive Director, Josette Sheeran. “In the month when we are marking the
role of ordinary people in bringing about the fall of the Berlin wall, why
shouldn’t we draw on that inspiration and try to harness the power of
individual action to feed the world’s hungriest people?”

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