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.
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.
Throughout her works Lappé has argued that world hunger is caused not by the lack of food but rather by the inability of hungry people to gain access to the abundance of food that exists in the world and/or food-producing resources because they are simply too poor. She has posited that our current "thin democracy" creates a mal-distribution of power and resources that inevitably creates waste and an artificial scarcity of the essentials for sustainable living.