Poverty & Hunger

What is the Solution? How Can We Help?

What is Poverty?

Poverty isn't just the state of being poor. Poverty means not being able to provide for yourself and family. People in poverty aren't able to make money and meet basic needs like hunger and having a shelter. Billions of people across the world are in poverty.

Did You Know?

- 3 billion people (nearly half the world) live on $2.50 a day.

- 22,000 children across the world die each day due to the harsh conditions of poverty.

- 60% of the population in poverty are women and children.

- 40% of food in America (over $165 billion worth) is thrown out.

  • All of this uneaten food could feed 25 million Americans
Poverty is a devastating problem, which unfortunately, the entire globe faces. But with the help of the whole world, we can put an end to poverty and hunger.

What Can You Do To Help?

Give to those in need.

There are over 2,300 homeless men, women, and children in Travis County alone. There are many of us who have more food than we will eat. Giving that food to the homeless who don't have anything at all, could save their lives.

Donate food, clothing, and money to specialized organizations.

Volunteer at a local homeless shelter.

There are many places like ARCH in Austin (and all over the United Sates) that rely on volunteers. Volunteers at homeless shelters do things like help the homeless prepare for job interviews, and help provide emergency shelters, meals, and other assistance.

Curing Poverty Long-Term?

Education

All forms of education should be free including transportation. Over 57 million children worldwide aren't able to attend school because they can’t afford it. Making education completely free would encourage more parents to send their kids to school. Education is a major factor in poverty. If a child is not educated well, they will not be able to get a job and provide for themselves once they get older. Poverty is a cycle, so if a family is very poor, the children of that family will receive poor education, most likely will not find a job, and fall back into the cycle of poverty.

Don't Waste Food

In the United States alone, 133 billion pounds of food are wasted. That s over 31% of all food in America. If families and households all carefully watched what they threw away, and gave it to those who really needed it, world hunger would become much less of a problem. Think of all the food in an average refrigerator or pantry that is not eaten and gone to waste. All of this could easily be brought to a homeless shelter or an organization like The Red Cross who could supply this food to the less fortunate.

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