Technology has developed unique and even easy ways to help people a world away. One of them is the free app Charity Miles.
In a nation where millions of working families still can't earn enough to pay rent, pay the bills, and put food on the table at the same time -- and where in fiscal year 2013 there were 4.9 million households with no income but SNAP, including 1.3 million households with children -- relying on the charity of PB and J Day is not a substitute for justice.
We can definitely increase the resources for food aid programs, which are about less than one tenth of 1 percent of the federal budget. They can certainly be increased from this relatively tiny level of spending. Food is peace. Congress must remember this as it crafts the new budget in the coming months.
I don't believe any single week of living on a cramped budget alone gives any more than the briefest of glimpses into the reality of poverty, for Gwyneth, or any of the rest of us. Poverty is more than a number on a receipt or a row of vegetables in a photo.
While the thought of losing your local market may seem extreme, hundreds of thousands of people around the world are faced with the daily challenge of finding the food to fuel their day.
Peter spoke softly, looking at the ground as he explained how he arrived at this displaced persons camp on the outskirts of Juba, capital city of the world's newest nation, South Sudan.
We are less than 30 days away from the opening of the Universal Exhibition in Milan, an incredible opportunity for Italy, for world tourism, to learn about the global challenges of food security and healthy nutrition through worldwide best practices.
Many children eagerly look forward to the end of the school year and the carefree days of summer, playing outside in the warm sun, splashing and swimming in pools and at beaches, and gathering with family and friends for backyard barbeques. But for more than 17 million children the end of school can be the end of certainty about where and when their next meal will come.
At twelve, my father dragged me -- braces, glasses, and a smile from ear to ear -- out to canvas our neighborhood, advocating for votes to a referendum that would build a new public school.
If you were tasked to end hunger and malnutrition in the world, you might first ask: Where do such vulnerable people live? It may be a surprise that the majority of the world's hungry and malnourished live in large Middle Income Countries (MICs), some of which are global economic powerhouses.
Every year on Passover, Jewish people recall that "once we were slaves and now we are free." We dip celery in salt water to remember the tears of the Israelites in captivity.
Why does hunger persist in a world of plenty? In a world that has made so much progress in achieving many of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), cutting extreme poverty in half by 2010, why has it not yet cut hunger in half?
Then, slowly, another feeling started to creep in. Gratitude. Grateful, of course, for all I have. But also because I have the opportunity to do something about the problem every day, simply by coming to work.
Did my plan work? When your driver came back out on the street, opened the door to your black SUV and handed you a cup of what really is Chicago's best coffee, from our neighborhood place, did he also give you a copy of my book? And if he did, did the title spark enough interest for you to read the story that featured you?
We keep chasing crises. The international community -- humanitarians, journalists, funders, and general public -- go from one emergency to another, forgetting the ones left behind, until we end up back at an old one because... it's again a crisis!
As Syria's tragic civil war enters its fifth year, we can't forget the silent enemy that civilians face daily: hunger. We, the international community, must do everything possible to feed Syria's war victims.