April Hunger Tweet Champion Awards Announced

Published on 02 May 2011

WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran launched the Hunger Tweet Champion Awards in April. Learn more

Our Hunger Tweet Champion of the month is Michael Crawley, who has the Twitter handle stopextremepoverty. In his excellent Tweets,  Michael tackled the hunger challenge from many different angles - the need for leadership, knowledge and compassion. In the end I selected his Tweet: "For a malnourished child to be mentally challenged because of our inaction is the cruelest form of neglect."

ROME -- I want to thank all those in the Twittersphere for the tremendous response to the first Hunger Tweet Champion of the month award. The challenge was to create a compelling Tweet on how or why we should end hunger. We had dozens of responses and I was inspired by the insight, creativity and compassion to not only address hunger but to end it once  and for all. All the Tweets sent with the hash tag #HungerTweets are included below. All of the winners - our Champ, the Runners Up, and honorable mentions will receive a beautiful Hunger Tweet Champion certificate from me.

Our Hunger Tweet Champion of the month is stopextremepoverty,with not only the most Tweets, but also many in the finalists category. In his excellent Tweets, Michael Crawley tackled the hunger challenge from many different angles - the need for leadership, knowledge and compassion. In the end I selected his Tweet:

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"For a malnourished child to be mentally challenged because of our inaction is the cruelest form of neglect." This was selected because Michael was able, in just 140 characters, to convey the preventable tragedy of the irreversible stunting of tens of millions of minds and bodies as childen are deprived adequate nutritious food in the first years of life. (Follow stopextremepoverty on Twitter).

Our Hunger Tweet Champion  first runner up is Ton_Overmeire. His Tweet: "Setting goals: 20th century: moon. 21st century: the world's children to school with a proper meal" really captures the incredible opportunity for humanity to end hunger for school children. WFP has costed out what it would take to end hunger among the approximately 70 million kids that go to school hungry. It would take about $3 billion a year - less than 10 percent of the annual Christmas bonuses on Wall Street! That is why I launched the "Fill the Cup" campaign to ensure at least every child had at least one cup of nutritious porridge a day in school. This transforms their lives.

Our Hunger Tweet Champion second runner up is the eloquent Farah_Khan1. Farah Khan Sadozai sent in many excellent HungerTweets, but my favorite is "Those suffering from hunger can't reach you & can't tell you. It is you who can reach them and help them." I love this one because it is so true in our experience at WFP. The hungry are so often voiceless - completely disempowered by their situation. Our assessments to identify those most in need - often the ones that those in power don't even see - is critical to ensuring we reach the most vulnerable of the 1 billion hungry people.

Our Hunger Tweet second runner up is Min_Reyes. Her Tweet "Physical hunger equates to hunger for human dignity" is a powerful statement on the reality of hunger. I have met with the desparately hungry in dozens of villages and refugee camps. Hunger is the most desparate face of poverty. Most have been deprived of an ability to provide food for their families by war, natural disasters, climate shocks, bad or neglectful governance. What I find most want is a chance to help themselves and that is what WFP tries to do in its programs.

Honorable mentions

Hunger Tweet Champion Honorable Mentions go to additional powerful Tweets by:

  • ellengustafson  Ellen Gustafson
  • blindspotting James Greyson
  • LaurenBush Tweet Lauren Bush
  • gogvm Global Village Champ
  • sarahebrewer Sarah Brewer
  • Hellomariflor  Mariflor Atienza
  • eGrapevinea ad eGrapevinea
  • Politicsfuture PabloRafael Gonzalez
  • mdmcknight Michael McKnight
  • ttobinn Tommy Tobin
  • krazee4Kandy  Kudzai
  • farmersfirst Farmers First