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Fighting Hunger Today and for the Future

Field Report by Dina Sleiman

WORLDWIDE – According to the United Nations, one in nine people in the world don’t have enough food. And a lack of proper nutrition causes nearly half the deaths in children less than five years old. Those are astounding statistics. It’s clear our world is facing a massive hunger crisis.

A child eats dinner because Operation Blessing friends are fighting hunger.

But as a supporter of Operation Blessing, you can feel confident that you’re fighting hunger all around the world all throughout the year. In each region and situation, OB staff carefully look at the surrounding issues to choose the solution that will provide the most impact.

Because of this, not only are you helping hungry children, families and individuals with their urgent needs for food and nutrition, you are also helping them in lasting ways that will make a difference long into the future! Here are a few of the ways you are fighting hunger.

You Are Fighting Hunger

Distributing food during a famine in Africa.

Famine Relief

When famine and drought strike vulnerable areas like Kenya and South Sudan, many are robbed not only of food for their tables but also of their income opportunities. Thanks to you, Operation Blessing rushes to the scene to provide immediate relief to the suffering and malnourished.

Boy stands in field of vegetables as part of Operation Blessing's efforts to fight hunger.

Agricultural & Farming Programs

In parts of Latin America and Africa, Operation Blessing supporters supply villages and schools with agricultural training, irrigations systems, greenhouses, chicken coops, and farm animals. These offer struggling families and individuals a chance to grow food for their families long into the future and sell the excess to better provide for needs like education and medical expenses.

Children eat nutritious food through a feeding program in Peru.

Nutritional Support

Many children around the world lack the nutrients they need to grow and thrive such as protein and iron. In Burundi, you supply a feeding program for young children in partnership with a local hospital. And through our nutrition programs, you give school children in places like Kenya and Peru the extra support they need. Not only do you supply supplements and nutritious school meals, but in parts of Latin America you also offer cooking classes to teach mothers how to cook healthier for years to come.

A woman stirs pot to feed disaster victims in Mexico.

Disaster and Crisis Relief

When crisis and natural disaster strikes, basic needs like food, hygiene supplies, and clean water often go unmet. But you send support to disaster victims in dire circumstances. Through hot meals following hurricanes in the U.S. and floods in Mexico; hamburgers for Venezuelan refugees; and the distribution of nonperishable food supplies for earthquake and volcano victims in Guatemala, you help provide relief during the darkest times of crisis and disaster.

This woman doing hair can now provide food for her family.

Business and Livelihood Support

One of the best methods for fighting hunger long into the future is by offering a hand up rather than a hand-out. Through skills training and small business support, you are changing lives for generations to come. Whether it’s a handicraft business in Latin America, a small store in Africa, training in cosmetology or sewing for women in Pakistan, or one of the many other opportunities available, you are helping families to earn more income to consistently provide food for their children.

A Hunger Strike Force semi-truck is fighting hunger by delivering food to hungry Americans.

U.S. Hunger Strike Force

In the U.S., even many working families have a difficult time making ends meet. You bless them by making possible the distribution of millions of pounds worth of free food to local food pantries and other partner organizations. Large corporations donate food, and with your help, we send out our fleet of Hunger Strike Force semi-trucks to get that food into the hands of those who need it most.

A young girl helps bag food for the summer feeding program.

Summer Feeding Program

Here in America, many children depend on free school breakfasts and lunches to get the nutrition they desperately need. These same children often go without food on the weekends and during school breaks. But caring friends like you are making a real difference through Operation Blessing’s U.S. summer feeding program.

Fresh Start for Gloria’s Family

Gloria and her children in front of her new vegetable stand.

Gloria, a widow from Peru, was struggling to feed her children, Eddin (9) and Alondra (3). The children’s father recently passed away, leaving the family in a desperate situation. Heartbroken, Gloria said, “Now I am alone with my children and must make every effort to keep moving forward.”

Gloria scrambled to support her family any way she could—working on a farm, domestic jobs, and the like. But after their recent loss, the kids couldn’t bear to be away from her and grew sick with grief. So, they often went without food. Eddin missed eating meat. One day Alondra cried that her stomach hurt from hunger. Gloria tried selling firewood near home, but the income was never enough.

When OB Peru heard of the situation, our teams immediately provided emergency food supplies to the family and medical support for little Alondra who was battling anemia. But OB also wanted to provide long-term change for this deserving family. Friends like you helped us surprise Gloria with a new vegetable business at the local market. Gloria said, “Thanks so much for the great blessing!”

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