Making A Brighter Future
A Human Right
Even today in our country, food security is a basic human right that too many are still lacking.
The United Nations first declared a Human Rights Day in 1950 to recognize the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the cornerstone of living standards worldwide. And more than 60 years later, its significance is as relevant as ever: Millions of people still lack many fundamental rights, such as food security, proper education and access to medical care.
Of these unsolved problems, food security may be the most widespread with some 842 million people – nearly 12% of the world’s population -- undernourished. Many of those going hungry are children, which can cause setbacks in numerous aspects of their lives, from behavioral issues to physical well-being. We heard many of these issues through our Share A Meal program:
We strive to give every child a chance at a brighter future, so we’ve proudly supported our Unilever Foundation partner, the World Food Programme, since 2007. This year, Knorr® worked with the organization to donate one million meals to schoolchildren around the world.
Many people don’t realize that child hunger is an issue here in the United States. This fall, we launched “Share A Meal” - a program aimed to raise awareness and encourage people to take action. The short film, Going to Bed Hungry: The Changing Face of Child Hunger, showcased how some American families are grappling with child hunger today. Our toolkit offered resources and tips for everyone to get involved and help end this practice. We’re also supporting today’s New Leaders, and hope to amplify their efforts so that even more people—regardless of age—become inspired to act and help those struggling with hunger.
So whether it’s donating food, volunteering your time or working to improve health and hygiene, every small step helps in making these rights fundamental for all.