The Alliance to End Hunger engages diverse institutions in building the public will to end hunger.
We believe that a world without hunger is a goal within our reach. We also believe that it is our responsibility—and the responsibility of individuals, communities, and governments worldwide—to make it happen.
We therefore build strategic partnerships to work for a world free from hunger; political commitment to ensure that our leaders do what it takes to end hunger; and global connections with the International Alliance Against Hunger and others to help achieve the United Nations’ first Millennium Development Goal: Cutting the number of hungry people in half by 2015.
Hunger is a global problem. Worldwide, more than 850 million people are hungry. Every day, about 25,000 people die of hunger and related illnesses. Every year, 6 million children die of hunger and malnutrition.
Hunger is also a problem here at home. In the United States, 1 out of every 10 households is confronted by hunger. Almost 14 million children in the U.S. live in homes that struggle to put food on the table.
Americans care deeply about this injustice. Recent studies indicate that American voters consider reducing hunger and poverty one of the most important domestic issues.
What is stopping us from eradicating hunger? We lack the political will.
In 2002, David Beckmann, President of the Christian citizens’ organization Bread for the World, decided it was time for a national anti-hunger campaign that brought together people of conscience across all faiths, cultures, and political ideologies. He helped to found the Alliance to End Hunger and chose lifelong anti-hunger advocate Max Finberg as its first director. Under Finberg’s leadership, the Alliance has expanded to include more than 40 members in two years. It is a member of the United Nations’ International Alliance to End Hunger, where it joins similar efforts underway in 94 countries.