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Coronavirus causing food shortages worldwide

Blog Team
Jun 23, 2020

“Coronavirus came during the period of growing food. We are supposed to be growing food. This is our planting season, but we can’t do much. We are very concerned about that. We have to grow food. Otherwise, how are we going to feed the kids?” — World Help partner in Uganda

For people living in many impoverished countries, starvation is a more deadly threat than the coronavirus.

But you can help.

Your gift will help provide people in need with aid like emergency food, clean water, hygiene kits, and more. And thanks to a matching gift from World Help Board members, every $8 you give DOUBLES to help two people!

Many Ugandan farmers weren’t able to plant their crops on time this spring because of the pandemic. It will take several months for them to recover from the time and labor lost. That means people will be forced to go without food until crops come in.

In Zimbabwe, farming hasn’t been so much the problem as it has been that the people have no way to buy and sell food. Over 80 percent of workers in Zimbabwe are traders or vendors who sell fruit, vegetables, and other wares in the markets. As soon as the coronavirus lockdown went into effect, these people became unemployed. They suddenly had no income to buy food and other necessities for their families … and their former customers had no way of getting their normal produce.

Lockdowns have also been an issue for countries that mainly import their food. Of course, it’s been necessary for many nations to close their borders to prevent the spread of the virus. But it’s also prevented suppliers from getting their goods to foreign markets as easily.

Early in the pandemic, one of our partners in Cuba reported having to wait line two hours at the grocery store … and all he came away with was a single pack of chicken thighs.

Children have been hit the hardest by these widespread food shortages. Childhood malnutrition is up 300 percent in Guatemala. And one mother in Nicaragua recently shared how she had been forced to feed her child nothing but sugar water until our partners were able to get her the food she needed.

While the doctors and nurses of the world fight the battle against this pandemic on the medical front, will you help fight against starvation and the shortages so many families in poverty face?

Your gift today will help provide emergency relief like nutritious meals, clean water, hygiene kits, and more. You can help people who have no work, no income, and no food because of the pandemic. You can give them hope for a better tomorrow.

And when you do, your gift will be DOUBLED! Our World Help Board members have seen how great the needs are right now. So, they recently pledged another matching gift up to $300,000. What that means for you is that your contribution will help 2X as many people receive the vital essentials they desperately need.

You’ll also help erase a projected budget shortfall caused by canceled fundraising events, ensuring none of our vital global programs have to shut their doors or turn away impoverished people without the help they need.

Please give now and help save a life.

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