The cast of The Hunger Games has filmed a public service announcement encouraging people to help fight global hunger. A new web site has been set up where you can take a hunger quiz and make a donation.
Vicki Escarra, president of Feeding America, says, “Unlike the characters in The Hunger Games, we do not live in a country in which food is scarce. There is enough food to feed everyone living in the US, but it’s not getting to millions of low-income people who need it. Thanks to our partnership with Lionsgate, The Hunger Games will help us expand much needed public awareness of the issue and encourage people to join Feeding America in our commitment to helping ensure that everyone has enough to eat.”
Nancy Roman of WFP says, “If all of us did just one small thing to fight hunger we could end hunger around the world. We are deeply grateful for the support of Suzanne Collins, who writes as though she understands hunger in the world, as well as Lionsgate and The Hunger Games cast – who have the power to change lives as they feed people worldwide.”
The partnership emphasizes fighting hunger in the United States and globally where massive hunger emergencies are currently taking place in the Horn of Africa, Sudan, Afghanistan, the Sahel region of Africa and other crisis zones.
The fighting hunger at home and abroad them carries on a U.S. tradition. In 1946, for instance, the U.S. started a national school lunch program while also organizing a massive relief effort to prevent post World War II famine.
In 1954 President Dwight Eisenhower started the Food for Peace program (Public Law 480) to fight global hunger and a special school milk program to improve child nutrition in the U.S.
The Hunger Games, produced by Lionsgate, debuts March 23rd. You can learn more about the film and the fight against hunger at wfp.org/hungergames.