WILLS POINT, TX — It’s estimated that nine million people will die in a coronavirus-worsened ‘scandal of starvation’ this year, according to a new report today marking World Hunger Day — an annual awareness event — on May 28.
Yet astonishingly, families, restaurants and hospitals around the world will throw away $1 trillion worth of food in 2020, enough to feed one in every four people on the planet, says Gospel for Asia’s report The Scandal of Starvation in a World of Plenty.
Hunger increased around the world for the third successive year in 2018 — the most recent year for statistics — with more than 820 million people not getting enough to eat, according to the report. It cites South Asia as the worst-hit region, home to two-thirds of the world’s malnourished children.
Coronavirus lockdowns have sent unemployment skyrocketing among the poorest of the poor in many developing nations — without safety nets such as jobless benefits or stimulus checks to head-off hunger.
“The coronavirus itself is a deadly, terrible event, but more people are dying — and will die — of starvation,” said Dr. K.P. Yohannan, founder of Texas-based Gospel for Asia (GFA World) that is feeding tens of thousands across South Asia during the crisis.
‘The Extent of Hidden Hunger is Alarming’
While millions live every day with the reality of hunger, affluent nations like the U.S. waste massive amounts of food, even though almost 40 million Americans — including 11 million children — were labeled “food insecure” in 2018.
Learn more by reading the GFA Special Report: The Scandal of Starvation in a World of Plenty — World Hunger’s Ugly Truths Revealed
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