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Hunger relief is a field of human activity aimed at eliminating chronic hunger and malnutrition. As of 2012, the United Nations's Food and Agriculture Organization reported that about 870 million people globally are suffering from severe hunger. Millions more suffer from food insecurity, including in the advanced economies of Europe and the United States.

Various methods are used to relieve hunger, including directly supplying the hungry with food; helping to develop people's abilities to grow or otherwise secure their own food; helping to develop related secondary skills such as budgeting; advocating and implementing economic reforms to improve the availability of affordable and healthy food in the marketplace.

Tens of thousands of organisations are engaged in hunger-relief efforts. For some, such as governments, corporations and religious groups, hunger relief is not their primary focus. Other organisations are dedicated to helping the hungry: these range from grass-roots local establishments such as independent soup kitchens, to multilateral agencies operating as part of the UN, such as the FAO or the World Food Programme. Many of these organisations are connected by a web of national and international alliances. For example, in the United States The Alliance to End Hunger is a national group with many smaller member groups, and is itself a member of several larger international groups, including the international civil society group Stop Hunger Now and the UN's Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition.

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Feed the Children, founded in 1979, is a non-profit relief organization, guided by Christian values, whose stated mission is "providing hope and resources for those without life's essentials". In FY 2011, Feed The Children distributed more than 104 million pounds of food and other essentials to children and their families in all 50 states and internationally. During its 33-year history, Feed The Children has worked around the globe.

In addition, through its partnership with NAEHCY (National Association of Educators for Homeless Children and Youth), Feed The Children has distributed more than 500,000 backpacks filled with school supplies, food and personal care items to homeless children enrolled in U.S. public schools. In Africa, Asia, Central and South America and The Philippines, Feed The Children provides more than 350,000 meals daily through school feeding programs.

Feed The Children is currently the 25th largest charity in the United States, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Feed the Children is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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Amartya Sen
Amartya Sen CH (born 3 November 1933) is an Indian philosopher and economist who was awarded the 1998 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his contributions to welfare economics and social choice theory, and for his interest in the problems of society's poorest members. Sen is best known for his work on the causes of famine, which led to the development of practical solutions for preventing or limiting the effects of real or perceived shortages of food. He helped to create the United Nations Human Development Index. In 2012, he became the first non-U.S. citizen recipient of the National Humanities Medal.

He presently serves as Honorary Director of Center for Human and Economic Development Studies at Peking University in China and is also a board council member of the Prime Minister of India's Global Advisory Council of Overseas Indians.

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Migrant Mother by Dorothea Lange (1936)
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Migrant Mother by Dorothea Lange (1936), a classic photo of people struggling with hunger. Lange's notes she took while photographing read: "Seven hungry children. Father is native Californian. Destitute in pea pickers’ camp … because of failure of the early pea crop. These people had just sold their tires to buy food."

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...that about 50 million Americans face food insecurity, including many who are employed, with the 2013 movie A Place at the Table featuring a cop who needs to use food banks?
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When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor are hungry, they call me a communist.
Hélder Câmara

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