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Help End World Hunger

Updated on December 18, 2013

Help End World Hunger

More than one billion people - approximately 1/6 of the world's population are hungry. And every day nearly 16,000 children die from hunger and related causes. We have the resources to feed the world. We just need the will. Learn about global hunger and what you can do to help.

All proceeds from this page are donated to A Day of Hope, a non-profit organization that provides food to need families in Stanislaus, California.

Photo by Lisa Howard

World Hunger Facts

  • 1.02 billion people in the world are hungry.

    UN Food and Agriculture Organization

  • 1 billion people in the world live on less than $1 a day.

    "World Development Indicators 2007." The World Bank.

  • 27 percent of children under 5 are moderately to severely underweight in the developing world.

    "State of the World's Children 2007."UNICEF.

  • Nearly one in three people die prematurely or have disabilities due to poor nutrition and calorie deficiencies.

    "Malnutrition." World Health Organization (WHO)

  • One in nearly seven people do not get enough food to be healthy, making hunger and malnutrition the number one risk to health worldwide.

    UN World Food Programme

The Cost to End World Hunger

It's less than 1%

The United Nations has estimated the cost of ending world hunger at about $195 billion a year. Twenty-two countries have pledged to donate this money by contributing 0.7% -- less than 1% -- of national income to international aid, but the goal has yet to be reached. Five countries have already met the goal, while others are on target to meet it in a few years. Some, including the U.S., are lagging. If you'd like to encourage US lawmakers to work harder to donate the necessary funds, visit this page at and print a letter that you can send to your congressional represenatives, or use the letter as an example for your customized letter.

Make Free Donations to End World Hunger

What if you could help end world hunger without spending any money or even leaving your house? Would you do it? If the answer if yes, then bookmark The Hunger and visit every day.

With a single click of the mouse, you can provide food for hungry people in the U.S. and around the world.

It's a simple way to make a big difference. So far, visitors to the site have helped provide more than 300 million cups of food to people around the world - all at no cost to the web visitors who click every day. Donations are paid for by advertisers who purchase small banner ads on the site, and 100% of the advertising fees go to nonprofit organizations working to end hunger. Currently, The Hunger Site's charitable partners are Mercy Corps and America's Second Harvest.

Funds are split between these organizations and go to the aid of hungry people in over 74 countries, including those in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and North America.

So make a difference in the life of a hungry child or adult. Visit and make your free donation.

Improve Your Vocabulary and End Global Hunger - for Free!

Visit to Make Free Donations is a wonderful new site that can help end global hunger. Launched in October 2007, is reminiscent of TheHungerSite in its ease of use and wonderful ability to impact the world. Like The Hunger Site, it allows you to make free advertiser-supported donations to the World Food Programme. All you have to do is sharpen your vocabulary.

The site asks users to play a multiple-choice word game to generate donations. For each word you get right, will donate the equivalent of 10 grains of rice. The site shows you a word and then asks you to choose a synonym from a list of four others. The more you get right, the harder it gets.

In its first month, the site has already raised over 1 billion grains of rice for the UN World Food Programme. So surf on over to, sharpen your vocabulary, and do a world of good for the hungry.

Help End World Hunger While You Shop, Search and Sing Along

Make free donations when you're online

NeoAid is a new philanthropic site that just launched in 2009. They're making it easy for people to donate money to good causes, including world hunger, simply by searching the web or performing other online tasks such as shopping or signing up for special offers.

NeoAid's homepage looks much like any typical search site, with a big search box in the middle of the page, but the results you get here will do more than just point you to the information you're seeking. They'll also generate money for charities, including the UN World Food Programme. In addition to generating donatoins through searching, users can also click on the Shop, Offers, or Free Software links to donate even more money to charity.

There area couple things I really ike about this site:

- They donate 90% of their net revenue (gross income minus running expenses) to charity.

- They started with a small number of charities. Some other charity search sites allow users to select almost any nonprofit organization they wish to support, but this usually means that each charity may only get a few dollars or even a few cents, so the effectiveness of the effort is minimized.

- The seven charities they're supporting cover a wide wide of issues and are all well-known, trusted organizations:

Poverty: : United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Animal Welfare: International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

Children: : UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund)

Emergency Aid: : Direct Relief International

Environment: : WWF - World Wide Fund for Nature

Health: : City of Hope

Human Rights: : Amnesty International

The site has only launched recently, but if they become as successful as The Hunger Site or Free Rice, they could make a significant impact. Check out

Help End World Hunger for $1 - One Million Dollar PayPal Challenge to Support World Food Programme

The UN World Food Programme's site is dedicated to ending child hunger by 2015. The One Million Dollar PayPal Challenge is asking one million people to each donate $1 - just one dollar! - to help reach their goal of $1 million to end child hunger. Watch this video or visit to make a donation.

Hunger Education Links - Great sites to learn more and make a difference

World Hunger Video

Organizations that Want to End World Hunger - Nonprofits dedicated to ending world hunger

Nonprofit organizations who work to end hunger may provide short-term emergency food in cases of drought, civil unrest, or other emergency, or they may focus on development projects that break the cycle of poverty and help ensure long-term food supplies. These are just a few of the organizations focusing on solutions to global hunger.

This lens was nominated as one of the Best Charity Lens in the 2008 Giant Squid Awards.

Please note: Comments and links to hunger-related charities and lenses about other worthy organizations are welcome, but if you're a spammer, please don't ruin it for everyone else by adding a completely useless and unrelated link that is trying to make more money for you. If you do, I WILL delete it. So please play nice.

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    • VspaBotanicals profile image

      VspaBotanicals 3 years ago

      I give as much as I can. Wonderful way to brig awareness!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The US is lagging, please tell me what country is leading?

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      socialcx1 4 years ago

      No one should go hungry. Having lived in Africa most of my life and worked in areas where people suffer constantly from extreme poverty I have seen how the generosity of people around the world makes a massive difference. If you have never personally experienced real hunger you cannot truly understand what it is like. This however should not stop people from giving.

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      seodress 4 years ago

      Very informative.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Love your lens. No one should be hungry in the world. It says something about our spirit and humanity.

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      garymorganuk 4 years ago

      Great lens. This is an epidemic and specially in third world.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @wrapitup4me: YOU ARE RIHGT and I hope it helps out a lot when they began to grow there own food as well maybe with in the nexted few years we can cut in half or more the number of deaths from hunger

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      CristianStan 5 years ago

      I have to admit that I throw away food because I couldn't eat it. I will truly think twice before wasting anything

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      HDElectronics 5 years ago

      Great lens, thanks for sharing!

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      wrapitup4me 5 years ago

      I heard someone from the World Food Programme talk and what I liked was how he said they are teaching the people to grow and market their own foods and not just handing out food. Something's gotta change.

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      HealthBug LM 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this important information and resources which can help us to do something.

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      rasnasah 5 years ago

      Very Informative lens .Thanks for sharing.

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Such an important subject that needs to be addressed worldwide ~~Blessed~~

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      It seems my angel dust didn't quite take in September, glad I peeked back in, thank you once again for this important article to help end world hunger.

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      GeekGirl1 5 years ago

      Thank you for the list of organizations that want to end world hunger. Very informative lens.

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      LiliLove 5 years ago

      Great lens - liked it, tweet it, shared it on Facebook! Thank you for creating this page!

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      mariacarbonara 5 years ago

      Very moving. It's a real problem and thank you for helping to highlight it. Great lens.

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      jillian22 5 years ago

      You could also be part of the Feinstein Foundation to end world hunger. It is located all over the world.

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      Freestuffer LM 5 years ago

      We all really wanted to end the worlds most problem. Very inspiring lens! Thanks for sharing. :)

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      bevpbon 5 years ago

      Loved this lens! Thank you :)

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      Aunt-Mollie 5 years ago

      This is a critical issue that gets very little attention. It is so generous of you to devote your time and talent to this plague on humanity.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      If you really have an extra meal for me and my family can send canned goods and cereal at: Ukraine, Yalta, Vinogradnoe, Lesnaya str. 14, 98657, Viktoriya Bodnar. Even if there are a few that will help.

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      Hannah Writes 5 years ago

      My Girl Scout troop is committed to,doing food drives every year. It makes us all feel,good that we an make a difference! Fantastic lens!

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      Birthday Wishes 5 years ago from Here

      Very nice lens about the World hunger! Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      great lens

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      philipcott 5 years ago

      Useful lense

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      wirrun 5 years ago

      Thank you for creating awareness about this issue. Great lens!

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      krior76 5 years ago

      Hunger could be solve if only everyone will contribute on it and that corruption will be avoided... very nicely put together lens.

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      NibsyNell 5 years ago

      You've got some really great ideas listed here - thank you. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Returning to sprinkle this important article with angel dust, your intro picture is powerful!

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      David Stone 5 years ago from New York City

      Shame is that, with a little political will, we could end worldwide hunger, almost immediately.

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      Donnette Davis 5 years ago from South Africa

      It is always heartbreaking to read the stats, see the images, and know that this is real, this is LIFE for millions and millions of people..... thank you for sharing... Blessed x

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      TobyFugitt 5 years ago

      Great lens!

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      victoriahaneveer 5 years ago

      1 in 6 people in the world doesn't have enough to eat? That is so sad and sobering.

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      roony672 5 years ago

      Very cool lens, I am glad I read it!

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      JesusDensford 5 years ago

      Amazing lens! For such a good cause :) bravo.

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      indigomoth 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Freerice is one of my favourite websites. Thanks for promoting it!

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      FreddieHanger 5 years ago

      Great lens. Thank you for trying to do what you can about world hunger...

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      IrisHoppenbrouw 5 years ago

      I'm especially fond of organisations like Oxfam, which engage the people to stand up for themselves. Have been a fundraiser for Oxfam and WWF. Actually, even WWF helps combat hunger - to protect the environment, they teach people how to use the land (or sea/river) in a sustainable way.

      Result: both nature and people thrive!

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      sojourner-1 5 years ago

      This is a great lens. Sometimes we tend to put things important things such as this asideâ¦Thank You for bringing it up to the forefront.

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      Stephen Bush 5 years ago from Ohio

      I believe that efforts for reducing world hunger are being permanently damaged by politicians attempting to remove food stamp programs in the United States. SquidAngel blessings.

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      AlexBPearl 5 years ago

      Fabulous lens. Hope this makes a difference. My book is raising money for homeless kids:

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      LaurisB LM 5 years ago

      Thanks for doing this excellent lens.

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      BlackSunflowerB 5 years ago

      Excellent lens! Its good to see that someone still cares about this stuff!

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      Nightlife-Author 5 years ago

      KFC also run same kind of concept

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      msseiboi 5 years ago

      Great and informative lens..thanks

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      rawwwwwws lm 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this wonderful lens on how to help with world hunger!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Oh, why not include a bookmark widget on this lens? It would help spread the word !

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Pinned it! Excellent!

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      MayaIxchel 5 years ago

      Great links and great lens! Very important cause!

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      Lenskeeper 5 years ago

      Excellent lens. Nobody should have to die of hunger in this abundant world that we live in.

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      oakstreet 5 years ago

      For user we need to do something on how to solve this hunger problem. Great len to help people getting more aware of this issue. I "like" it.

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      gavin-harris-904 5 years ago

      I just wrote an article on two free ways to help end world poverty, if anyone wants to check it out, it has free rice, already mentioned here, as well as one other

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      NanenezZeman 5 years ago

      Superb and useful lens, thanks for it!

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      mueedahmad 5 years ago

      Excellent work.

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Great lens - I went and played Free Rice for 70 questions - I feel better now

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      Onemargaret LM 5 years ago

      Excellent lens!

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      MC Productions 5 years ago

      thank you for publishing this lens. Great job! :)

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      sherioz 5 years ago

      I love the idea of playing a game and having the advertising company buy food for the hungry.

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      I came back to bless this lens. Thank you for publishing it.

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      pcgamehardware 5 years ago

      Blessed is this lens and all that helps in the fight to end world hunger...

      Great page Lisa, it's easy to see why it got a purple star... :)

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      CameronPoe 5 years ago

      There's no easy answer to world hunger. But every little bit helps.

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      Ebbsoh 5 years ago

      its hard to believe people starve everyday. we waste so much food here in the states and so many go without, seems very unfair how things are right now.

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      allenwebstarme 5 years ago

      United States helps lot for such people, I hope other rich countries also take step to end world hunger.

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      arcarmi 5 years ago

      This was my 1000th like!!!!!! Great cause!

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      tomazg 5 years ago

      World hunger really is an important topic. I learnd a lot from this lens.

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      Edwinrocks 5 years ago

      Great Lense with great information!!!!!

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      Bookmama2 5 years ago

      Great lens. You have inspired me to action. I am an author currently working on a story in which hunger plays a role and reading this today, I have decided to donate a small percent of the proceeds from book sales to an organization that helps hungry people. I am going to come back to this lens later (hopefully still today) to look at each organization you link to.

      I went to Dartmouth college, so I found your reference to Professor Meadows doubly interesting. By passing on her comments here, you play a role as an agent of change and making the world a better place.

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      avigarret 5 years ago

      Happy to come across such a wonderful lens. Future generations might be shocked at how irresponsible we were regarding both our environment and our fellow human beings, glad to see other people see this.

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      This is a VERY good lens. But just one thing- maybe I didn't read carefully enough and I apologise if so, but I hope that the 'World' hunger programmes are helping people right in the US as well? As the economy falls completely apart it is truly a WORLD issue now, not just '3rd world'. We are all dreaming of change and a better future.

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      Joyce T. Mann 5 years ago from Bucks County, Pennsylvania USA

      A wonderful and well-needed lens. We do our bit by sponsoring four children through World Vision.

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      Amazing lens...SquidAngel Blessed! :)

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      MargoPArrowsmith 5 years ago

      Angel blessed

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      spelaspela 5 years ago

      good lens, thanks, I also want to reduce hunger.

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      gypsykitschpres 5 years ago

      This is also my number one cause, to end hunger in our own country and others. We can do it! Excellent, excellent lens. I tweeted this one as well. Too important not to!

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      Close2Art LM 6 years ago

      world hunger is the top priority in my opinion...great job blessed

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      Gayle Dowell 6 years ago from Kansas

      I've liked this before and I came back to bless it. Wish more people were concerned with fighting hunger around the world.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      top_10 is right. This is a very important lens. We all need to spread awareness.

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      TLRaghavan 6 years ago

      Hunger needs to end one meal at a time and one person at a time... and many such grains of sand, can cover one beach at a time. And yet there will be a lot more to do. Thanks.

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      top101 6 years ago

      This is a very important lens. Thank you for spreading awareness.

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      Jethro 6 years ago from Philippines

      I really love this lens. I want to minimize world hunger. Keep this lens as high as clouds and let everyone knows about it. :)

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      Ben Reed 6 years ago from Redcar

      An informative and worthy lense. It helps us all to be reminded that we are indeed so fortunate.

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      Rose Jones 6 years ago

      Back to Angel Bless this excellent lens. I'm sending it on to Stumbleupon so that others can help, and I suggest that other people do this too to get the word out.

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      peachplanet 6 years ago

      Great job!

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      kevingomes13 lm 6 years ago

      Thankyou for your informative lens.

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      kevingomes13 lm 6 years ago

      Thankyou for your informative lens.

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      Zut Moon 6 years ago

      This world is somewhat crazy ... humans don't do enough for hunger but we sure as heck spend money to wage wars. While my wife and I do not generally contribute to food agencies, we do sponsor 6 children in developing countries and give to the Red Cross when major disasters hit. We, as a species, have a long long way to go. Blessed this lens.

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

      it's a pity that there are still people going to bed hungry. blessings for this charity-oriented lens.

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      pufek77 lm 6 years ago

      Hunger is the bigest problem in the world.

      Thanks for this Lens1

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      BTOReilly 6 years ago

      Thank you for this excellent lens on world hunger. The world produces enough food for everyone - the problem is distribution. We all need to work together to share.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @thinkingaloud lm: or the fact that I invented the inventiuon that cures world hunger and none of these orginizations want my invention to fix the problem. Ignore me like there is no tomorrow. Ow by the way my invention also gives free oil out enough to where no one has to pay for silly gas again. I have tried contacting the white house for the last year and a half. They suck. I went through three tumors and i have been working on my invention since highschool. If you want to help them all get Obama to look at my invention or convince the American people to force the price of patents to go down. I could have had this invention out last year. My machine cleans air and water and may be the first stepping stone to cures for the uncured. It worked on me no tumors since. I have contact NPR, the New York Times, and many senators.. Even the Alaskan senator. Well guess that's all i got to say. Remember the cure is here and it's been here for the last year and a half and every body who has starved is a result in our government ignoring me and skyrocketing the patent prices. Ow and if you think i should just give the invention out corp. America would steal it and charge you double. If you want it to be free we need to get Obama in our corner. Asking for any help saving your own kind. Really stressed about this.

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      Reddawg2012 6 years ago

      Hi! God Bless you for creating a lens that tells people how they can help alleviate the extremely serious problem of hunger and starvation. To be able to do so with one's mouse is fantastic. Please, everyone spread the word. Peace.

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      Angela F 6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Important info for all (and a great reminder for me to start up again with FreeRice clicks daily!) Added to my Hope for Haiti lens.

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      kathysart 6 years ago

      Thank you for creating such a significant lens. Angel blessed.

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      thinkingaloud lm 6 years ago

      One major cause of poverty remains poor country debt. Although much has been done to cancel debts in recent years, Vulture Funds remain a scourge on humanity and are still legal in parts of the world.

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      ilovetoquote 6 years ago

      i actively donate to unhcr and doctors without frontiers. we need people like you to spread the words to help people in needs. well done

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Excellent Lens - Hope it stays at #1 ! Best Wishes :)

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      Gayle 6 years ago from McLaughlin

      Wonderful resources so we all can help such worthy causes!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is a revisit to share with friends! :)

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      You've added some great resources here. Thanks for this information.