It is a fact. 925,000,000 people face hunger.
The October 2010 estimate of world hunger compiled by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization indicates that 925,000,000 people (or 13.6 percent of the estimated world population of 6.8 billion) are undernourished. (Source)
Locally, children are affected.
In August 2011, Feeding America discussed a study from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation showing that 31.3 percent of Indian River County children are "food insecure." Across the Treasure Coast (Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee counties), the child food insecurity rate is 30.5 percent, with more than 36,290 students uncertain about the source of their next meal. (Source)
In fact, hunger crosses all age groups.
In 2009, 43.6 million Americans (14.3 percent) were living in poverty. 15.5 million (20.7 percent) of children under the age of 18 were and 3.4 million (8.9 percent) of seniors 65 and older lived in poverty. (Source)
Worldwide, mortality rates are appalling.
Even though the planet has more than enough food for all, a child dies of hunger every 5 seconds somewhere in the world. That's more than 17,000 children every day. (Source)
Hunger impacts health.
Malnutrition increases the risk of infection and infectious disease. It is a major risk factor in the onset of active tuberculosis. (Source)