July 23, 2020
[Photo credit: Wilco Van Meppelen]
Most of us know what it’s like to fast before a medical test. Some of us fast intermittently as part of a diet. A few of us fast for spiritual reasons, too.
But few of us know what it’s like to starve.
For three-quarters of people around the world, hunger is a painful, daily reality. And it’s about to get worse. The latest figures from the United Nations predict that more than 250 million people will suffer from severe hunger by the end of the year because of COVID-19.
That’s more than double the number of people who are suffering now.
Usually, hunger is the result of conflict, the effects of climate change, and economic instability. People living in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean suffer most.
But now COVID-19 has made an already dire situation even more brutal.
That’s why in addition to helping with sanitation and personal protective equipment, the United Church is working hard to combat hunger worsened by this crisis.
You can help.
Make a gift to the United Church’s COVID-19 Global Response appeal and help save lives.
Every gift will make a difference to those suffering most.