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While our organization has a new name, our mission remains the same: We continue to distribute food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable communities with a goal of ending world hunger by 2030. The scope of our impact, however, is widening, as we continue to grow our assistance to help those populations most in need.  As we enter this new chapter, we are focusing on three pathways to ending hunger: nourishing lives, responding to emergencies and empowering communities. Through these three pathways, we will make a global impact on hunger and build self-sufficiency and resilience in communities.

Nourishing lives is accomplished through meeting the most basic and immediate needs of vulnerable families and individuals. At Rise Against Hunger, we support safety net programs that provide nourishment and skills training services to support the difficult journey out of poverty. We partner with local organizations, especially schools, in order to distribute our meals. This encourages increased enrollment and attendance for young students — especially girls — in vulnerable communities. Partnerships with hospitals and clinics allow increased nutrition for patients to complete their treatments. By distributing meals to the world’s most vulnerable populations, we are able to provide the nutrients people need to reach their full potential.

Food and other aid are especially critical in times crisis. An important aspect to our commitment to end world hunger is responding to these emergencies. Rise Against Hunger works to respond to sudden and ongoing crises in order to meet the needs of the affected populations and assist in the work toward recovery. We do this through delivering immediate and ongoing nutritional food assistance, water filters and hygiene kits to those displaced by natural and man-made disasters and crises.

To create long-term solutions to hunger and poverty, Rise Against Hunger works to empower communities through agriculture and income-generating initiatives. Because farmers are some of the most food-insecure members of society in developing countries, we work to increase agricultural production and incomes through programs promoting improved agricultural methods, business skills and market access. We assist farmers in increasing their production and diversifying their crops by providing access to quality seeds and fertilizers. We also aid in the establishment of fish and livestock production which, in turn, diversifies diets and improves nutritional outcomes of the community. Rise Against Hunger supports vocational training programs that help at-risk individuals increase their earning potential and consistent access to food.

Focusing our impact in these three pathways allows us to efficiently execute and bring greater, sustainable change to those communities in need. With the support of hunger advocates around the globe, we will continue to increase our impact and end hunger by 2030.