A girl in Latin America eats a food pouch
Food

Helping Children Survive Crises

World Vision believes a hunger-free world is possible. The right food at the right time saves lives, improves health and education, and empowers communities to become self-reliant.

When crisis or conflict disrupts people’s ability to earn livelihoods and get it to markets, we deliver emergency food relief and empower them to build food security and resilience, giving them choice, dignity and diversified diets.

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Together, we can end hunger

Disasters, whether natural or manmade, often lead to food insecurity. Approximately 821 million people, or just over one in nine, live in hunger. Poor nutrition is an underlying cause of nearly 2.4 million childhood deaths each year.

Food assistance saves lives by addressing the most dire and immediate forms of food insecurity, while enhancing livelihoods, improving health and education, and empowering communities to become self-reliant.

236,000+
Acutely malnourished children treated in 2016 and 2017

A world where all children are well-nourished

We are making progress. Last year, with partners including the World Food Programme, World Vision provided life-saving food assistance to 10.9 million hungry people, including 6 million children, in 36 countries. We focus on the most vulnerable, including malnourished babies in Lesotho and refugees in Uganda fleeing conflict and famine. We’ve delivered emergency food relief in Malawi and South Sudan when crisis or conflict disrupted livelihoods and markets.

We are leveraging cash and voucher assistance to build longer-term food security and resilience in Kenya. In places like Iraq and Lebanon, where markets are available, but food is unaffordable, communities are provided food vouchers. Families in the Philippines and Haiti receive cash transfers to rebuild from ruin and legitimise livelihoods, giving families choice, dignity and diversified diets.

But there’s more to be done. World Vision believes a hunger-free world is possible. We advocate for national, regional and global policy changes that contribute to improved food and nutrition security for the world’s most vulnerable children, families and communities.

Meeting immediate food needs helps free families to invest in making their farms more productive, their meals more nutritious, and their children more highly educated, cared for and protected.

A child eats food from a bowl during lunch

Help provide food through child sponsorship