Hunger blog: summer fun for a good cause

Published on 06 August 2006

As school winds down for the summer, a new blog launched by WFP will keep kids active while giving them a chance to talk directly to aid workers battling on the frontline of some of the world’s hunger hotspots.

As school winds down for the summer, a new blog launched by WFP will keep kids active while giving them a chance to talk directly to aid workers battling on the frontline of some of the world’s hunger hotspots.

Following the global success of WFP’s educational video game “Food Force”, designed to teach 8-13 year olds about hunger and humanitarian aid work, WFP has now created “Joe’s blog”, a web journal named after one of Food Force’s main characters.

Exchange ideas

In response to queries from Food Force players all over the world on how they could help, the new blog is a way to channel interest and a place to exchange ideas.

Kids can also send their questions to the same WFP aid workers who post stories about their experiences and the reality of delivering life-saving food to those in need.

Food Force is a free internet download available from www.food-force.com.

Global community

In the game’s six missions, players are faced with realistic challenges in their goal of saving lives and bringing food to a fictitious island community devastated by drought and civil war.

Food Force has been played by at least four million people since its launch in April 2005, and is currently available in five languages.

The new blog is a place where the millions of kids who played Food Force and visited the site can form a global community focusing on hunger and other social issues.

Hunger and malnutrition kill more people than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.