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I am still under the weather, but would like to share and ask that you pray for me and fast with me today, not for my health, but for hunger throughout the world and our country. I was in Kroger's yesterday, searching for soup to soothe my achy tummy and gasped at the cost of Campbells. I thank God that He has blessed me with a little more money than He did last year, but I don't believe the extra cash is just to stay atop of rising gas, lettuce, eggs, back to school clothes and soup costs. This extra blessing has to be more and then He brought me to John Legend's Show Me Campaign, Compassion Bloggers and then to the Global Food Crisis website.
The global food crisis is forcing millions to go hungry. Please join us on June 25, 2008, for a day of prayer and fasting for those suffering.
What is the global food crisis?
The World Food Programme calls the global food crisis a phenomenon, a "silent tsunami," that is affecting families in every nation on every continent. Food prices for popular menu items like rice, wheat and beans have doubled in the last year. Though increases in food prices have hit all budgets, it's the poor who bear the brunt of price inflation. The higher prices are forcing people who survive on just $1 a day to spend upwards of 80 percent of their budgets just on food. As a result, many people, including millions of children, are going hungry. The longer food prices rise, the more people will be plunged into hunger and poverty.
Why is the global food crisis happening?
Food shortages have affected developing countries for generations. It's a cyclical problem. But this global food crisis is more rapid, urgent and devastating. Since 2005, food prices have risen a whopping 80 percent. Why?
- rising fuel costs
- rising food demand from populous nations like
- natural disasters destroying crop yields all over the world, including the
- growth of biofuels
How has the global food crisis affected Compassion families?
The global food crisis is forcing poor families to spend more of their household budgets on food, leaving little for anything else. In
What can I do to help fight the global food crisis?
Join Compassion's Day of Prayer and Fasting on June 25, 2008. This is the day we will honor the victims of the global food crisis and pray for them.
Give to Compassion's Global Food Crisis Fund. Your gift will help provide:
- food vouchers to children and families needing immediate relief.
- seeds and agricultural tools so that families can grow their own food as well as earn extra income.
- supplemental nutrition services offered at Compassion-assisted centers around the world.