In the Gospel story of the five loaves and two fishes, Jesus fed the multitude. Today, millions of people go to bed hungry even though there’s an abundance of food in this world. Caritas works on every level to ensure the hungry are fed.
As a confederation of more than 160 Catholic organisations, Caritas focuses its joint efforts on how climate change effects the ability of the world’s poor and vulnerable to feed themselves.
Food is an essential need for everyone and a lack of nutritious food not only harms health but deeply wounds people’s fundamental dignity.
Caritas advocates for the right to food, where everyone receives nutritious and adequate food.
Feed the man dying of hunger, because if you have not fed him, you have killed him (Gratian, C.21, dist. 86)
Caritas updates on Food
There are four million people who are desperately hungry in Niger now after poor rains which affected the harvest. If we don’t do anything, that will double to seven million within two months. That’s half the population of the entire country.
Caritas addresses today’s food problems by working on the root causes of hunger and food scarcity. It promotes investment in agricultural and rural development. Part of the solution is also ensuring that communities are made less vulnerable to the more frequent extreme weather brought by climate change. Read more about these efforts here.