OTTAWA, Ontario, June 24, 2022
In response to the hunger emergency unfolding around the world, including in many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, 12 leading Canadian aid agencies are joining forces as a Humanitarian Coalition to raise funds and provide relief. emergency to people on the brink of starvation.
The Canadian government has announced that it will match donations to the Humanitarian Coalition and its member charities up to $5 million.
According to the World Food Programme,
- 50 million people face emergency levels of hunger.
- The number of people suffering from severe food insecurity has more than doubled in the past two years.
- Prolonged drought and other climatic shocks are wreaking havoc on food supplies and livelihoods.
- The COVID-19 pandemic has had serious economic consequences in many countries.
- The conflict in Ukraine has a direct impact on access to basic foodstuffs.
Richard Morgan, Chief Executive of the Humanitarian Coalition, said: “This unprecedented global hunger crisis compels us to act. Our member charities are stepping up to save lives, but we also need Canadians across the country to do their part. We are grateful to the federal government for matching donations from the public. Together we can provide food, water and emergency care to families on the brink of starvation.
The following agencies are members of the Humanitarian Coalition: Action Contre la Faim, Canadian Foodgrains Bank, Canadian Lutheran World Relief, CARE Canada, Médecins du Monde, Humanité & Inclusion, Islamic Relief CanadaOxfam Canada, Oxfam-Quebec, Plan International Canada, Save the Children Canada, World Vision Canada.
Canadians can give Hunger Crisis relief at together.ca or by calling 1-855-461-2154.
The Humanitarian Coalition brings together 12 leading humanitarian organizations to provide Canadians with a simple and effective way to help during large-scale humanitarian emergencies.