Mormon Church leaders have announced a $32 million donation to the UN World Food Program Relief Agency to help with the looming global hunger crisis.
The agency has previously said that the world is facing a “seismic hunger crisis” after years of the COVID-19 pandemic, global climate changes and the disruption in grain exports from Russia and Ukraine following the February 24 invasion by Vladimir Putin’s forces .
“We are so grateful to work with the World Food Program because we know they will provide food to those who need it most,” said Bishop L. Todd Budge, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). . said the Presiding Council of the Diocese. “… Such giving makes God’s children a little happier, and all of us a little holier.”
People in nine nations — Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen — will benefit from the donation, a cohort of 1.6 million of what the church calls “the world’s most vulnerable.” named persons.”
WFP Executive Director David Beasley said in a statement that the LDS donation “could not come at a more critical time.”
According to a church statement, an estimated 345 million people worldwide “are facing acute food insecurity.” The group estimates that 50 million people are at risk of starvation. “Without immediate action, around 60 million children will be at risk of acute malnutrition by the end of 2022.”
“My heart rejoices for the millions of malnourished children who will benefit from this donation,” added Sister Camille N. Johnson, worldwide leader of the Relief Society of the Faith.
The WFP donation stems from an eight-year relationship between the two groups. The Church operates a vast farming, packaging, and distribution network for grain, general groceries, and meat. Church officials said they had donated £80million of food for emergency response in 2021.
Last year, church leaders told the church’s Deseret News that the church had doubled its humanitarian spending since 2016 and is now providing “nearly $1 billion in combined humanitarian and social assistance.”
Wednesday’s donation is funded in part by the church’s “fast offering,” in which members skip two meals each month and donate the cost of humanitarian aid.