Hunger Remains a Problem in the U.S.

Herbalife Nutrition’s VP of Global Government Affairs, Randall Popelka, discussed how the pandemic has impacted hunger in the US.
Dec 29, 2020 12:00 PM ET

It is estimated that up to 132 million more people than previously projected could go hungry by the end of 2020 as the pandemic affects food supply chains, damages economies, and devastates communities. The global need for hunger support far outpaces the world's ability to meet the demand. Collaboration between nonprofit organizations, corporations, government, and NGOs is vital to help those in need get the nutrition they require to thrive.

Thus, helping meet the nutrition needs of communities is the driving factor for Herbalife Nutrition’s Nutrition for Zero Hunger initiative, a global program aligned with the second United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal, which seeks to end hunger in all its forms by 2030 and to achieve food security and improved nutrition.

As hunger surges in the U.S., food pantries and soup kitchens have expanded to fill the need. In 1980 there were several hundred emergency food programs. Today, there are more than 50,000.

One of the Herbalife Nutrition Foundation Casa Program Partners, Martha's Table, a local nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., has made it its mission to support healthy children, strong families, and strong communities. The organization believes that every child, regardless of zip code, should have the opportunity to thrive. For 40 years, Martha's Table has worked to increase access to quality education, health and wellness resources, and nutrition for families. The organization proudly works with numerous corporate partners, including the Herbalife Nutrition Foundation, which in turn funds such grants to charitable organizations all over the world to ensure children receive healthy nutrition, nutrition education, and the support of community volunteer. Read more about their impact here.