Rise Against Hunger responds to sudden and ongoing crises to meet immediate needs of affected populations and support the transition toward recovery. We have responded to emergencies by delivering food assistance, nutrition, water filters and hygiene kits to those displaced by natural disasters and man-made crises.
In building the resilience of vulnerable people, Rise Against Hunger is working hand-in-hand with a host of organizations to ensure that our meals and other life-changing aid can reach communities in crisis effectively and according to need.
Recent Emergency Relief Initiatives
Treatment for Severe Acute Malnutrition in South Sudan
South Sudan has been plagued with ongoing violence since December 2013. The civil unrest has caused over 2.4 million residents to flee their homes — causing fields to lie fallow, livestock to be looted or abandoned and the national food system as a whole to be disrupted due to economic decline. Rise Against Hunger began its work in South Sudan in 2012 by coordinating relief efforts to public health crises facing the region of Old Fangak. As the conflict intensified, we also committed to allocate the necessary funding and the technical expertise to provide ready-to-use therapeutic food for more than 500 children under the age of 5 suffering from severe acute malnutrition. Crosscurrents International in Old Fangak, South Sudan has helped to implement this program.
Food and Hygiene Kit Distributions in Response to Hurricane Matthew
After Hurricane Matthew devastated large swaths of Haiti in October 2016, we worked quickly with our partners to distribute aid to those affected by the storm. Rise Against Hunger partner ADRA International distributed more than eight containers of Rise Against Hunger meals in the immediate aftermath of the storm and in subsequent weeks. ADRA received the meals in multiple shipments, including through an Airlink-sponsored flight. Ongoing distribution efforts prioritized extremely vulnerable households and institutions such as schools and orphanages in affected areas.
Our partners Haiti Outreach Ministries, HopeStart International and Cross International also responded by providing Rise Against Hunger meals in the communities they serve. In total, more than 18,241 people affected by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti have received 2,711,448 meals. In the U.S., we provided 2,600 hygiene kits through Islamic Relief USA for distribution in the flood-ravaged town of Lumberton, North Carolina.
Rise Against Hunger works year-round to prepare for and respond to crisis around the globe.
Please consider making a donation to our emergency relief fund today to provide critical aid to those affected by disasters.