Food Security

The "How" of Food Aid

For more than 50 years, Catholic Relief Services has distributed U.S. food aid provided through USAID's Food for Peace, the longest running and largest U.S. governmental assistance program. U.S. food aid is an integral part of CRS' long-term development programs. In addition, CRS engages in local and regional purchase of food.

CRS is the largest private distributor of U.S. food aid, second only to the UN's World Food Program. CRS uses food aid for emergency situations like natural disasters and famines, and to foster food security through long-term development programs.

Drawings by Bryan Prindiville/CRS

Featured Stories

CRS delivered vegetable oil and corn-soy blend for children under 2 years old. Niger: Hunger Pains a Nation
Across Niger, people are desperately hungry, and livestock are dying. CRS is delivering food and putting people to work.

For the last several months, these girls have lived on crushed millet and water. Hunger in Niger: Food for A Famished Nation
Across Niger people are hungry and livestock are dying. CRS is delivering food and putting people to work so they can feed their families.

Rose Myamba Catholics Help Nourish Malawian Children
The loving generosity of a Catholic family in Mexico helps 9,000 children in Malawi receive the food and education they need to thrive.

Featured Blog Posts

Juliette Rahantanirina Big Rewards From a Little Help in Madagascar
Like many families in Madagascar, Juliette Rahantanirina was struggling to make ends meet, but with the help of CRS, she has hope for the future.

Farmers and CRS staff sort candlenuts in East Timor. Cracking Poverty in East Timor
In East Timor, CRS is teaching farmers better techniques to harvest and sell cash crops. More income helps pay for education and food for locals.

Beletachi shows off her green field of crops Green Shoots of Economic Prosperity in Ethiopia
After three long years of failed rainy season after failed rainy season, farmers have used up their seed stores and have nothing to plant even when rains do finally arrive.

CRS World Report

Niger Hunger

In Niger, a wave of hunger is sweeping across the country.
Week of August 16, 2010

Ethiopia Farming

In Ethiopia, irrigation systems help farming families survive severe drought.
Week of July 19, 2010

Food Crisis in Burkina Faso

Families in Burkina Faso are suffering from a global food crisis.
Week of Jan. 11. 2010


What You Can Do

  • Turn your Lenten prayers, sacrifice and alms into a bouquet of support for our global neighbors who hunger. Introduce your family, school or parish to Operation Rice Bowl. Meet the people, taste the cuisine and see the wonderful work being done to help people out of poverty.
  • Invite youth to Face the Fast. Here are all the tools you need to hold a dynamic, 24-hour fasting retreat for Catholic youth called Food Fast. They'll be surprised how much they can do and learn on an empty stomach. You will be too.

5 Facts About Hunger

  1. More than one billion people, or over one sixth of the planet's population, are suffering from hunger. This number is greater than the populations of the United States, Canada and the European Union combined.

  2. Malnutrition and diseases related to hunger cause about six in ten childhood deaths in developing countries, or approximately five million per year.

  3. The first Millennium Development Goal targets the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, with the aim of halving the proportion of people suffering from hunger by 2015, but progress has been very slow towards achieving this goal.

  4. Enough food is produced globally to feed everyone, but many people are hungry because they lack land to grow food or money to purchase it.

  5. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies have been termed "hidden hunger" which affects health, growth, developmental and educational outcomes.

Hunger is the most cruel and concrete sign of poverty. Opulence and waste are no longer acceptable when the tragedy of hunger is assuming ever greater proportions.
~Pope Benedict XVI