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 and malnutrition are not just immediate threats to health and well-being—over time, they can keep children from growing, learning and developing their full potential.
Food is the foundation for a healthy life.
Hunger might look different than you think.
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. We’re also looking at what can be done to end hunger, from emergency relief to long-term solutions.
Continue to cook up change!
Even though the Hunger Challenge has ended, the need to address hunger in our world is still as important as ever. Check out the Hunger Challenge drop down on our resources page to find learning materials and video related to hunger and food insecurity.
Youth helping youth.
Students 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.
Make the students recipes!
To celebrate students work, we created the Studnets Rebuild Hunger Challenge Cookbook! In it you can explore the favorite meals and snacks of students from all around the world. The cookbook will be released for download in August 2020. Come back to find it that month!
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.