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Challenge Your Troops to Fight Hunger with YUNGA’s Ending Hunger Challenge Badge

YUNGA's Ending Hunger Challenge Badge has activities to get students and groups around the world involved in fighting hunger. Copyright:WFP/Marco Frattini

There’s a new and fun way to get involved in fighting hunger. The just-released Ending Hunger Challenge Badge seeks to get Girl Scout troops, students, youth groups and others involved in learning more about hunger issues and taking action to help. It was developed by YUNGA, in collaboration with other agencies, including WFP.  

No matter how old you are, ending hunger is a daunting task to consider. But there are steps we can all take to help. The Youth and United Nations Global Alliance (YUNGA) has put together an Ending Hunger Challenge Badge. YUNGA, an alliance between several UN agencies and youth organizations worldwide hosted by FAO, aims to get students and other young people involved in society and with UN activities. Working towards completion of this badge makes it easy and fun for Girl Scout troops, youth groups and classes to join in the fight.

Once you have the materials, getting started is easy. Learning more about hunger and poverty is the first step. The packet includes detailed information on topics like the different forms of hunger, the role gender plays and the causes of hunger. For example, there’s a list with facts about the impact of hunger on women and why it is important to empower them.

The next stage in the badge looks at what can be done and what is already being done to end hunger. This section explains how it costs just 25 US cents a day to feed a child in need through WFP’s school meals programme. The UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are another focus of this section. The MDGs address poverty and allow governments to commit themselves to working towards better futures for all. The portion of Goal 1 on hunger is to halve the number of people hungry between 1990 and 2015. According to the most recent State of Food Insecurity in the World report, the number of undernourished people has fallen by 17 percent since 1990-1992. Find more about recent progress on MDG1 here.

Taking action to end hunger as an individual or group is a critical part of this packet. While governments and organizations can take action by contributing humanitarian or developmental aid, individuals can contribute to public knowledge on the issues by raising awareness on social media, volunteering and participating in the community.

The “Ending Hunger Curriculum” will not only enhance understanding of hunger issues around the world. These activities will also help participants raise awareness on world hunger. At the completion of these activities, the participant can be awarded with their badge. They are broken down so different age groups can participate, ranging in ages from five years to 16+. There are five total sections to complete.

Take a look at this sample activity for the section on “Hunger and the Hungry”:

There’s also this lesson from the “Ending Hunger” section:

Want to take spread the word outside of your troop? Try activities like this one from the “Taking Action” section:

Once you’ve completed the activities in each, you’ve earned the Ending Hunger Challenge Badge. You can receive your certificate of completion and graphic file of the badge by emailing yunga@fao.org. We hope you share these activities with friends, classes and groups to get them engaged in fighting hunger.