According to the World Food Programme, "hunger is the world's biggest solvable problem." Malnutrition is not having enough nourishing food, with adequate amounts of protein, vitamins, minerals and calories to support physical and mental growth and development. Children who survive early childhood malnutrition suffer irreversible harm -- including poor physical growth, compromised immune function, and impaired cognitive ability.
Food is the foundation for all other progress. To a starving child, hope can only begin once a reliable source of nutritious food has been established. Food assistance is a vital component in the process of transitioning individuals, families and communities out of chronic hunger and poverty and into self-sufficiency.