Food is the foundation for a healthy life.
An estimated 821 million people—one person in nine—suffer from hunger worldwide. In the U.S., the percentage is even higher, at 1 in 5. Hunger can be heartbreakingly obvious or deceptively invisible. That’s why Hunger Challenge teams learned about hunger in all its guises—malnutrition, food insecurity, ‘food deserts,’ and more—and investigated how hunger prevents young people in different places from living full lives.
Youth Supporting youth.
Students learned about the impact of hunger and created their own creative recipes in response. Each recipe was matched with $3 and with additional giving due to COVID-19, student efforts unlocked $2.3 million dollars that supported hunger and malnutrition programs in communities worldwide, including UNICEF’s work fighting chronic malnutrition in Yemen and Ethiopia; Mary’s Meals’ school-based feeding programs in India, Malawi, and Haiti; and eleven other community-based organizations confronting hunger and nutrition around the U.S.
Students cooked up change.
To celebrate students delicious work, we created the Students Rebuild Hunger Challenge Cookbook! In it you can explore the favorite meals and snacks of students from all around the world. You can check out the cookbook here and try out some of the recipes!
How it Worked
1. Register, Set, Go.
More than 1,600 teams in 54 countries registered for the Hunger Challenge, making it one of the largest in our 11-year history!
2. Creatively baked recipes rolled in.
Tens of thousands of students mobilized to make over 130,000 recipes! Each was matched with up to a $6 donation from the Bezos Family Foundation to support hunger relief.
3. Collectively, students served up change for children around the world.
In total, $2.3 million dollars was generated to support over 230,000 children and youth with life-saving interventions.