Action Against Hunger

Action Against Hunger
Founded: 1979

Mission:
To save lives by eliminating hunger through the prevention, detection, and treatment of malnutrition, especially during and after emergency situations of conflict, war, and natural disaster.

About the Organization:
Action Against Hunger was founded in France as Action Internationale Contre la Faim (ACF) in 1979 by a group of intellectuals, scientists, journalists, writers, and doctors specifically to combat hunger worldwide. Action Against Hunger-USA began in 1985 and became autonomous in 1992. Today, there are five organizations that make up the ACF International Network, headquartered in Canada, France, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Current Programs:
Although all Action Against Hunger programs are centered on nutrition rescue, the organization also fights the diseases that accompany poor nutrition, works to prevent the recurrence of malnutrition by helping communities achieve food security, combats communicable diseases that thrive in dirty water, and advocates against governmental and cultural policies that can lead to malnutrition. Action Against Hunger works to integrate its programs with local and national systems to help ensure that short-term interventions become long-term solutions.

Web Site:
The Action Against Hunger Web site features background information about hunger, including a definition of malnutrition. The site also features an interactive map of the more than forty countries where the organization provides services as well as information on how to get involved, take action against hunger, and donate.

Funding:
Action Against Hunger receives funding from individuals and foundations.

Contact: Nan Dale, Executive Director, Action Against Hunger-USA
Phone: (212) 967-7800
Fax: (212) 967-5480

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