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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Number of hungry up 11 percent, according to U.N.

Last week, the United Nations' Food and Health Organization released a chilling statistic: More than one-sixth of the world's people will go hungry in 2009. What qualifies one as "going hungry?" Less than than 1,800 calories a day, according to the FHO. The agency attributes the 100 million increase over last year's figure to the global economic slowdown and consistently high food prices. Called a "silent crisis" by FHO Director-General Jacques Diouf, political instability and lack of infrastructure have compounded food shortages — shifting political boundaries and conflicts such as civil war keep much needed food from reaching people.

Want to help? Consider volunteering here in Atlanta. The Atlanta Community Foodbank accepts individual and group volunteers daily and for special events. Project Open Hand — a service organization that delivers meals to the chronically ill or elderly — needs help preparing and giving out food. The Hands On Atlanta website lists volunteer opportunities by date and interest so you can find a foodie way to be good to Atlanta.

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