Hidden Hunger: Nutrient Deficiency

Does this phrase sound familiar? “Eat your peas and carrots!

Chances are that you’ve heard your mother utter this phrase  on a number of occasions throughout your childhood. And as much as you (likely) loathed any food that fell into  the vegetable category, chances are your mom faithfully reminded you of why you needed them . . . as she watched over your shoulder to make sure you ate your portion.

Now whether vegetables are one your favorite eats or not, it’s probably safe to assume you’ve grown to understand why your mother pushed to keep them in your diet . . . And you’re grateful she did!

Not every child is as fortunate as you or I — at least, not yet.

Did you know that a well-balanced diet is considered a luxury around the world? Almost half of the world’s population — more than 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day.

And with poverty running rampant across the world, the number of children who are able to consume even one serving of the suggested daily vegetable intake is low — very low. In fact, most diets in the poorest areas of the world consist of rice and beans, and the occasional dairy product (depending on one’s ownership of land and livestock).

Families living in this kind of poverty suffer from “hidden hunger,” or a lack of micro-nutrients.

These families need help in getting the balanced diet that your mom made sure you had as a child. So as you are typing a special thank-you email to mom for insisting you eat your peas and carrots, know that we are working to ensure children around the world have a balanced diet within reach. There is hope for those who have yet to taste their vegetables—that hope is child sponsorship.

By sponsoring a child through Food for the Hungry, you’re ensuring that a child is being provided with all the essentials and access to meals, education, healthcare and nutritional supplements. Nutrients that allow children to not only survive, but thrive in their communities.

To help provide micro-nutrients – Food for the Hungry has partnered with Vitamin Angels.

Vitamin Angels is a non-profit that provides life saving micro-nutrients to at-risk populations, working together to reach the estimated 2 billion people worldwide living with nutrient deficiency — offering hope and health to those who need it the most.

Want to get involved?

Partner with us today by offering your one time gift of $25, and provide a year’s worth of Vitamin A to a total of five children. Let’s work together to put an end to child illness and mortality. Together, we can help make all children healthy.

About Kristin Read

Kristin Read is a guest blogger from Texas with a heart to use her gift of writing to promote child sponsorship. She joins Food for the Hungry in our passion to help people overcome poverty worldwide. You can read more of her writing at http://kreadsblurbs.com/.

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