Solving the real hunger crisis with The Hunger Games
By Morgan on February 23rd, 2012
Yes, the world is counting down to the movie release of the best-selling, award winning book from Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games. Yes, it’s a gut-twisting tale that remains in your head long after you’ve closed the book. And yes, hunger is serious problem throughout the world. One of the greatest by-products of the trilogy is that it’s led to a new generation talking about hunger.
That’s why today’s announcement is a big one. Today, exactly one month before the release of the “The Hunger Games,” the cast and producers are teaming up with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and Feeding America to raise awareness about hunger in the United States and around the world, with a new website and a video public service announcement. The partnership between Lionsgate®, WFP and Feeding America debuted a video spot with the movie’s stars, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Helmsworth, that urges fans to help end hunger — what they call “the world’s greatest solvable problem.”
“Unlike the characters in The Hunger Games, we do not live in a country in which food is scarce. There is enough food to feed everyone living in the US, but it’s not getting to millions of low-income people who need it,” said Vicki Escarra, president and CEO, Feeding America, in the press release issued today.
The amazing community of Hunger Games fans, both in the U.S. and around the world, can now directly help those dealing with real hunger problems of their own. You can get started at wfp.org/hungergames right now by watching the PSA, taking the Hunger Quiz to learn about the extent of the issue, and become active participants on the solution to the world’s real hunger problem.
Meanwhile, there are tons of resources for educators and students to learn more about hunger. Check out:
- Lesson on global hunger produced in collaboration with the New York Times Learning Network
- Freerice Lesson plans designed as part of World Freerice Week
- Eleven Myths on Global Hunger (produced in collaboration with DoSomething.org)
- 2011 Hunger Map
- Nutrition in Two Minutes
- WFP Students and Teachers homepage