12/22/2014 03:10 pm ET Updated Jan 04, 2015

National Geographic Photos Show Stories Of Hunger And Hope Around The World

You may think off the holiday season as a time for massive meals and delicious desserts, yet one in nine people across the globe does not have enough food to live a healthy life.

The National Geographic and hunger-relief organization Feeding America invited photographers from around the world to capture the stories of people who struggle with hunger and the people who are working to alleviate it. National Geographic's online community of photographers sent in more than 5,000 submissions for the project, which is called 'The Story of Hunger and Hope.

"Hunger affects people from all races and all ages -- and from every corner of the globe," the magazine writes. "Hunger doesn’t care if you're from the wealthiest nation in the world or the poorest."

Here are some of the most haunting and inspiring photographs from the assignment. Check out the full gallery on National Geographic's website.

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