Food insecurity is defined as 'the state of being without reliable access to enough affordable, nutritious food'.
Across the world, more than 820 million people live every day with hunger or food insecurity as their constant companion, a huge global challenge that has now been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The United Nations World Food Programme has warned that an estimated 265 million people could face severe food insecurity by the end of 2020, up from 135 million people before the coronavirus crisis.
In addition, about 80% of the world’s poorest and most food insecure people live in remote rural areas, many working in small-scale agriculture. One day’s work equals one day’s food.
Source: The World Bank, Food Security and Covid-19
WorldShare’s ministry partners around the world serve some of the poorest and most vulnerable communities already suffering from lack of food. The people in these poor communities have lost work and additional income generation opportunities, which, when combined with reduced availability and the sharp rise in the cost of basic food supplies, has caused severe food security issues.
Potter’s House, Guatemala
For the poor who Potter’s House serves, the fear is not of getting Covid-19 and becoming ill, but the greater, real fear is “will I be able to feed my family today?” One example of this is the experience of Maria and her mother-in-law, Juana. Maria is a student at Potter’s House Business School, but because of restrictions, she and Juana had not been able to sell anything to bring money home for their family and so they ran out of food. Potter’s House staff in Chiquimula have been sending messages to various communities encouraging them to place a white flag outside their homes if they were in desperate need of food or help. Maria received that message and knew this was her only option. She said "I put my embarrassment aside and placed the flag outside my home. I had no other choice. We had nothing to eat." God led Potter’s House to that community the same day Maria put her flag up and they were able to provide a bag of groceries for the family!
Bible Faith Mission, Kerala, India
The Dalits, the lowest segment of Indian society featured in the last issue of Window, have no source of income because of Covid-19. The poor BFM believers are suffering greatly. Starvation and emptiness can be seen in every home. Already BFM have provided more than 2,000 food packages of rice, grocery items, tea, oil, sugar, salt, and soaps to poor people in the six states and the BFM workers. As their school is closed due to lockdown, BFM have been using their new school buses to deliver these food packages.