Hunger pangs

The Combined Federal Campaign’s cause of the week is food and nutrition.

According to data from the United Nations:

• Nearly 1 in 3 people, or 2.37 billion, did not have access to adequate food in 2020. That is an increase of almost 320 million in one year.

• 149.2 million children under the age of 5 — more than 1 in 5 — experienced impaired growth and development from poor nutrition.

• After plateauing from 2014 to 2019 at roughly 8.4 percent, the prevalence of undernourishment climbed to 9.9 percent in 2020.

• The U.N. says the world is not on track to achieve zero hunger by 2030, one of 17 sustainable development goals set out by the U.N. Foundation in 2015.

If you would like to alter this recipe for disaster, the website for the campaign, also known as the CFC, makes it easy:

• Under “CFC Giving System” on the homepage, choose “online charity search.”

• In the “Find A Charity” section, you’ll see “Select a Specific Category.” From there, choose “Food, Agriculture and Nutrition.” Page after page of related charities can help guide your choice.

The Combined Federal Campaign is the federal government’s workplace charity drive.

The latest campaign began September 1 and runs through January 14.

Participation in the CFC is voluntary.

The website has more information.

This is the 10th in a series of articles spotlighting the Combined Federal Campaign’s cause of the week. Next week: Giving Tuesday.