April is Global Child Nutrition Month. This is one of the ways the Global Child Nutrition Foundation, GCNF, spreads awareness about the issue. GCNF is in its fifth year and they continue to work towards their mission of “expanding opportunities for the world’s children to receive adequate nutrition for learning and achieving their potential.”
While many of us live comfortably and the idea of being unsure where our next meal will come seems non-existent, according to Save the Children, at least 400 million children suffer from hunger.
“The goals and ideals of Global Child Nutrition Month are to acknowledge that global hunger can be overcome by combining the will and resources of individuals and organizations. “
GCNF also said putting an end to childhood hunger enables the world’s children to become self-supporting and contributing citizens—which leads toward a more stable and peaceful world.
In a recent article from Cincinnati.com, they remind us fighting childhood hunger is no recent news in the U.S. It dates all the way back to World War II when initiatives began to fight childhood hunger and President Harry Truman initiated plans for better school nutrition—an issue still heavily combated today and is being conquered through many organizations and initiatives such as First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” or the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act” which was signed late last year.
In Cincinnati.com’s research, they found from the Enquirer that one of five children in the U.S. alone is unsure of their next meal. And while there are many hungry children in the U.S., initiatives should (and do) expand passed our borders.
“Fighting child hunger should extend overseas as well. With our international partners, we can work toward universal school feeding in Haiti, Afghanistan, Benin, Iraq and other countries facing major reconstruction and development challenges,” the article says.
There are several organizations like GCNF that work towards ending child hunger for children all over the world.
The United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, is one of those organizations. By 2015, UNICEF hopes to have reduced the amount of people who suffer from hunger in half and combat malnutrition. They also work in educating caregivers on providing adequate child nutrition.
GCNF and other global organizations are fighting to end childhood hunger, but even you can make a difference. For this year’s Global Child Nutrition Month, make a goal for yourself to get involved. Below are links to ways you can make a difference—and if your school, employer, organization, etc. is working towards this cause, please share your initiatives or ideas with us and other blog readers to get us all involved.