Traveling Four Pathways with Rise Against Hunger
February 18, 2021
Hannah Payne | Rise Against Hunger
For over 20 years, Rise Against Hunger has been driven by the vision of a world without hunger. To further commit to the vision which has motivated us since our organization’s inception, Rise Against Hunger is honored to have rejoined the Alliance to End Hunger in late 2020.
After serving as a U.S. Marine during the Vietnam War, Ray Buchanan — a United Methodist minister — was called to a “commitment to something larger than yourself,” a commitment I’m sure many Alliance to End Hunger members can relate to. Ray founded Stop Hunger Now in 1998, which was rebranded in 2017 to become Rise Against Hunger. With locations now across the U.S. and five international offices, we continue working to address food insecurity in countries worldwide.
We know ending hunger is about more than just feeding people. So, how do we go several steps further? Through our four Pathways to End Hunger, we focus on not only providing immediate nourishment for those facing hunger today, but also on implementing sustainable solutions that will lift entire communities for years to come. We’ll introduce you to our Pathways below!
Our Nourishing Lives pathway provides food assistance through safety net programs. The majority of food we distribute to countries around the world is meals packaged by volunteers, giving people an opportunity to truly lend a hand to those affected by hunger. Since launching our meal packaging program in 2005, Rise Against Hunger has facilitated volunteer meal packaging of 540+ million meals. While long-term food security takes root, the nutrition provided through these meals and other food assistance encourages education, vocational training and health services that support the difficult journey out of poverty.
Our Empowering Communities pathway works to increase self-sufficiency in communities through sustainable solutions to hunger. These projects bolster agricultural production and incomes through programs promoting improved agricultural methods, business skills and market access. In collaboration with in-country partners, we currently implement five Empowering Communities agriculture projects in Malawi, Mali, Senegal, South Sudan and Zimbabwe.
The Responding to Emergencies pathway deploys food and other assistance in communities when it’s needed most. From droughts to floods, in conflict zones and political crises, everyday access to food, wages and market systems can be destroyed in the wake of emergencies. Through our response efforts, we assist communities with meeting their immediate needs during a time of crisis. During the COVID-19 global health crisis, we have been focusing relief efforts on providing food assistance to international communities. In 2021, we aim to support 600,000 people facing hunger in 15 countries worldwide through our COVID-19 Relief Plan.
Finally, Rise Against Hunger believes that Growing a Global Movement of people dedicated to ending hunger is absolutely critical. This pathway is another key reason we joined the Alliance to End Hunger! We engage hundreds of thousands of volunteers and advocates — which we call Hunger Champions — each year through our meal packaging program, virtual engagement opportunities and other initiatives. Our latest campaign, It Starts With a Meal™, aligns with Growing the Movement as it highlights the importance of food security and encourages individuals and corporations to take action today to help end hunger tomorrow.
As Rise Against Hunger moves forward, the vision we’ve had for over 20 years of a world without hunger continues to drive us. We are committed to increasing our impact and serving more food insecure people, and we are thrilled to have more opportunities to do so through being a member of the Alliance to End Hunger. To find out more about Rise Against Hunger, please visit www.riseagainsthunger.org.