This Friday is World Food Day, a time for those of us who have been blessed with material prosperity to pray for – and do something about – those who cannot afford to feed themselves or their families.
Here at Cross, we are observing the day by partnering with more than 100 churches across the country to ship nutrient-rich meals to hungry families in developing nations. Among them is St. Michael Evangelical Lutheran Church here in Florida, which is helping us ship containers of Vitafood, nutritionally-balanced meal packets, to the poor in Haiti.
Alec Pridgeon, the president of Stewardship at St. Michael’s, had this to say: “Although we may not be able to bring everyone who is hungry to our table on World Food Day, we can do the next best thing and support Cross in changing lives through God’s love and mercy, not just one life at a time but hundreds or even thousands at a time.”
World hunger is at an all time high, and the current estimate is that more than 1 billion people are not getting enough food to eat. Yet food aid to the world’s poor is at a 20-year low. That makes it more important than ever that we have an event like World Food Day to raise awareness about the terrible effects of malnutrition, which causes weakness, disease, and ultimately death.
In fact, international groups such as the World Health Organization are calling malnutrition the greatest single threat to the world’s health – greater even than the combined dangers of AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis.
We can’t make the hungry wait until tomorrow for the food they need today – and we need your help to succeed! CLICK HERE to learn how you can get involved in our fight against malnutrition.