Action Against Hunger

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Action Against Hunger
Formation 1979 (1979)
Type Non-profit
Legal status 501(c)(3)
Purpose To end child malnutrition while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger.
Headquarters New York, USA; Montreal, Canada; London, UK; Paris, France; Madrid, Spain
Region served
Over 45 countries around the world
Mission Action Against Hunger saves the lives of severely malnourished children while helping vulnerable communities become self-sufficient.
Website (US) (UK)

Action Against Hunger is a global humanitarian organization committed to ending world hunger, works to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger.


Action Against Hunger was established in 1979 by a group of French doctors, scientists, and writers. Nobel Prize-winning physicist Alfred Kastler served as the organization’s first chairman.

The group initially provided assistance to Afghan refugees in Pakistan, famine-stricken Ugandan communities, and Cambodian refugees in Thailand. It expanded to address additional humanitarian concerns in Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, the Balkans and elsewhere during the 1980s and 1990s. Action Against Hunger’s Scientific Committee pioneered the therapeutic milk formula (F100), now used by all major humanitarian aid organizations to treat acute malnutrition. As a result, the global mortality rate of severely malnourished children under the age of five has been reduced from 25% to 5%.[1] A few years later, therapeutic milk was repackaged as ready-to-use therapeutic foods (RUTFs), a peanut-based paste packaged like a power bar. These bars allow for the treatment of malnutrition at home, and do not require any preparation or refrigeration.

Action Against Hunger – USA was established in 1997. The international network currently has headquarters in five countries – France, Spain, the United States, Canada, and the UK. The group's policies include independence, impartiality, nondiscrimination, free and direct access to populations in need, professionalism, and transparency.

The organization operates feeding centers, food and supply distributions, and provides water and sanitation facilities, and food security solutions. The group also provides training in nutrition, water and sanitation, food security, and health care. The group utilizes experts and local staff when developing programs.[citation needed]

Restaurants Against Hunger[edit]

Action Against Hunger's Restaurants Against Hunger Campaign partners with leaders from the food and beverage industry to bring attention to global hunger. Each year, the campaign raises funds and support for Action Against Hunger’s programs.[2][3]


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