keira Washington

World Hunger

Hundreds of millions of people nationwide are struggling due to world hunger. This issue is ruining lives and causing many children to become malnourished, stunting their growth and wiping out their futures.

Dear Mr. or Madam President,

Have you ever not eaten for a whole day because you got caught up doing work for hours? Or tried to lose some weight by crash dieting and skipping meals? Then suddenly, your stomach growls and seconds later it all hits you and you feel as though you could eat your entire house. That’s the kind of hunger millions of people experience daily, and most often, the food they are eating is nowhere near enough to meet their daily nutrition needs. World hunger is not caused by shortage of food, but by the inability to access it because of poverty and because of cruel leaders who have something to lose by giving people what they want who are abusing their power and using the food supply as a weapon to punish and control innocent people.

“60 percent of the world’s hungry are women. Male-dominated social structures in many places limit the resources women have to access food, making them more vulnerable to poverty and hunger.” ( This shows that men abuse their power and use food which they cannot survive without to take advantage of women and use it against them to benefit themselves.

“One-third of the food produced around the world is never consumed.” ( This shows that there is in fact tons of food, enough that could last families weeks that goes to waste that could be given to people, most importantly, children who are extremely malnourished and underdeveloped in starving countries.

“About 25 per cent of Indians go to bed without food. Describing malnutrition as India's silent emergency, a World Bank report says that the rate of malnutrition cases among Indian children is almost five times more than in China, and twice that in Sub-Saharan Africa.”( This shows just how severe hunger is in countries where there is a large percentage of people living in poverty.

“Seventy-five percent of the world’s poorest families don’t buy their food — they grow it. This makes them more vulnerable to natural disasters and weather cycles, such as drought.” This shows that hunger due to poverty is exasperated by changes in the earth’s climate.

I am sure you were already aware of most of these facts and I hope that you will try to do everything in your power to help solve the devastating issue that is taking over the lives of millions in hopes of eventually ending world hunger for good. Thank you.


Keira H.

West Seattle High School

6th period LA9H

Hopkins Honors Introduction to Literature

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