Recent studies indicate that 24,000 individuals die each day of hunger-related causes, according to The Hunger Project, a global organization committed to the end of world hunger. This figure is a significant decline from the organization's earlier, widely used estimate of 35,000 per day.
There are no tools for direct measurements of hunger-related deaths. The Hunger Project bases its estimates on conclusions drawn from various studies of under nutrition, malnutrition and mortality. This year, the UNICEF "Progress of Nations" report summarized many of those studies by saying that 50% of child deaths can be attributed to hunger. While there are far fewer studies on hunger and mortality in adults, most experts agree that 75% of all hunger-related deaths are children below the age of five.
The following programs at Child Foundation provide hunger relief for children*:
Child Foundation supporters at Cisco conducted a very aggressive campaign to raise over $10,000 in less than three days. Cisco System Groups matched this amount and gave an additional donation for a total of $43,300.
Food Packages containing non-perishable items provided many meals for families in need. Each food package contained:
Food packages reached to 600 families living in the following provinces:
In November 2003, 3,000 families in 10 provinces received packages of meat that was probably their only meat ration for the year. Private donation to distribute meat became a very popular project among Child Foundation volunteers who took the responsibility for distribution of meat among the needy families.