Hunger No More Campaign
There is more than enough food in the world to feed every man, woman and child – all 7 billion of us. Yet, daily, nearly 1 billion people – a staggering number – suffer from starvation and malnutrition. Every 30 seconds a child dies from hunger-related disease.
And, a billion more suffer from food security, uncertain of where their next meal will come.
On a local level, 1 in 8 Hoosiers suffers from hunger and malnutrition. 1 in 4 of our neighbors faces food insecurity at some point. Children are the most vulnerable victims.
In a world of plenty, this ought not to be so.
This sobering reality reminds us that hunger is not a matter of charity, but of justice.
Our 21st century challenge: how do we get the abundance of food our planet produces to our most vulnerable populations – those who suffer from famine, natural disaster, resource scarcity, poverty, theft of property, social injustice, discrimination and other man-made vulnerabilities?
Elevate’s Hunger No More Campaign embraces this challenge as a matter of justice. We commit to do all we can to eliminate hunger in our lifetime by engaging the enormous goodwill, volunteer spirit and abundant resources of compassionate Americans and corporate partners to meet the food and nutritional needs of our hungry neighbors and the starving in the forgotten places of our world.
Our highly popular meal packaging events, conducted across the United States, are a prominent way in which we address hunger and food insecurity. But, we see this provision of highly nutritious meals as short-term relief, not a long-term, sustainable solution.
Our meal packaging and distribution program is the first step in our Hunger No More Campaign. But it is not the last or even the most critical element.
One of the key distinctives of Elevate’s approach is that our food aid will always be complemented by a strategic approach to agricultural and economic development that empowers vulnerable communities to acquire the skills and resources needed to overcome persistent resource scarcity challenges that are the root cause of hunger. We will extend aid to forestall starvation and address critical food insecurity. But we will distribute aid only to and through partners who are committed to long-term engagement strategies that focus on economic and agricultural development that addresses systemic issues leading to hunger.
Elevate’s goal is that our food aid interventions are part of a long-term strategy to reduce, even eliminate, food insecurity among the populations we serve. Following our transformational development strategy, we seek to empower communities helping them move to self-sufficiency within five years of our initial intervention, allowing us to show our domestic partners the lasting, sustainable impact of their meal packaging engagement.