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Bloggers Against Hunger couldn't come at a more critical time. The ranks of the hungry are rising fast...

WFP Begins “Bloggers Against Hunger” Campaign

The one billion people suffering from hunger across the globe need a voice. Unfortunately, they rarely find it in media coverage. You could watch hour after hour of cable TV news and see nothing about global hunger.

Even with all the coverage of the war in Afghanistan, the media seldom dive into the hunger and poverty aspect. This is a huge oversight when you consider that food shortages and lack of development damage any hopes for stability in that country.

What can be done to bring more attention to hunger and its implications on world peace and progress?

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is reaching out to bloggers and writers to help raise awareness about the global hunger crisis. WFP calls the campaign "Bloggers Against Hunger."

A blogger/writer is provided a "toolkit" of resources about world hunger and is encouraged to spread the word. An emblem provided by WFP is available for posting on the blogger’s site. Twitter users are encouraged to join the campaign as well.

In this Internet age, when media outlets like the big cable TV news stations miss a story, someone with a computer, and the will, can get the job done instead. Budding journalists as well as those already established with online webzines and blogs can prove crucial to turning the tide against global hunger.

Bloggers Against Hunger couldn't come at a more critical time. The ranks of the hungry are rising fast and food aid funding is going down. The World Food Programme, for instance, is facing a $3 billion shortfall. Some food aid programs are being cut. The implications for international stability are enormous if something is not done.

In the United States the Congress has yet to pass the Roadmap to End Global Hunger legislation, which would create a White House office to coordinate U.S. response to the food crisis. Bloggers against Hunger can be a pivotal tool to push Congress to move on this legislation.

For more information about bloggers against hunger visit the WFP site.

About William Lambers

William Lambers is the author of several books including Ending World Hunger: School Lunches for Kids Around the World. This book features over 50 interviews with officials from the UN World Food Programme and other charities discussing school feeding programs that fight child hunger. He is also the author of Nuclear Weapons, The Road to Peace: From the Disarming of the Great Lakes to the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, Open Skies for Peace, The Spirit of the Marshall Plan: Taking Action Against World Hunger, School Lunches for Kids Around the World, The Roadmap to End Global Hunger, From War to Peace and the Battle of Britain. He is also a writer for the History News Service. His articles have been published by newspapers including the Cincinnati Enquirer, Des Moines Register, the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Buffalo News, San Diego Union Tribune, the Providence Journal, Free Lance-Star (VA), the Bakersfield Californian, the Washington Post, Miami Herald (FL), Chicago Sun-Times, the Patriot Ledger (MA), Charleston Sunday Gazette Mail (WV), the Cincinnati Post, Salt Lake Tribune (UT), North Adams Transcript (MA), Wichita Eagle (KS), Monterey Herald (CA), Athens Banner-Herald (GA) and the Duluth News Journal. His articles also appear on History News Network (HNN) and Think Africa Press. Mr. Lambers is a graduate of the College of Mount St. Joseph in Ohio with degrees in Liberal Arts (BA) and Organizational Leadership (MS). He is also a member of the Feeding America Blogger Council.

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