World Hunger Relief is the world’s largest private sector hunger relief effort, spanning more than 36,000 restaurants in over 117 countries and territories and more than 1 million associates. The campaign raises awareness, volunteerism and funds for the United Nations World Food Programme and other hunger relief agencies. World Hunger Relief’s global spokesperson is WFP Ambassador and multi-Grammy Award winner Christina Aguilera.
There are approximately 1 billion hungry people around the world today. Hunger is the number one risk to health worldwide — greater than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. Among the key causes of hunger are natural disasters, conflict, poverty, poor agricultural infrastructure and over-exploitation of the environment. Recently, financial and economic crises have pushed more people into hunger.
In the past three years, World Hunger Relief has raised nearly $60 million for WFP and other hunger relief organizations and is helping to provide approximately 250 million meals, saving the lives of millions of people in remote corners of the world. More than 1 million of the Company's employees, franchisees and their families have volunteered more than 15 million hours to aid hunger relief efforts in communities worldwide. Earlier this year, WFP named Yum! Brands Private Sector Partner of the Year for the Company’s global effort.
For more than ten years, Yum! Brands has also donated more than $60 million of prepared food annually to the underprivileged in the United States. Since Yum! went public in 1997, it has donated nearly $550 million of its food to hunger relief agencies in the U.S. Yum! also has been the primary sponsor of the Dare to Care Food Bank in Louisville for nine years, and has donated nearly $9 million to this local agency.
For more information about Yum! Brands’ World Hunger Relief effort, visit FromHungertoHope.com.