Ending food insecurity requires everyone to get involved. Governments, businesses, individuals and nonprofits—including food banks—all have important roles to play in creating solutions. Food banks serve as a bridge between the immediate needs of those who are hungry and food insecure today and longer-term solutions. For example, many food banks not only distribute food, but they also provide training, connect recipients with social programs and act as a focal point for community development initiatives.

Here’s where the world’s undernourished people live:

  • 642 million in Asia and the Pacific
  • 265 million in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • 53 million in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • 42 million in the Near East and North Africa.

Some 907 million undernourished people live in developing countries, and 65 percent of the world’s undernourished are located in just seven countries: India, China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan and Ethiopia.

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