​Going home with a rumbling stomach after a long day at work or school is something that's happened to us all. But for each of us who are greeted by the sight of well-stocked cupboards, many others – including children – go to bed hungry. This can make a big difference to their everyday lives and long-term future.

  • One in nine people on the planet – 805 million people – do not get the food they need for a healthy life
  • Three-quarters of all hungry people live in rural areas, mainly in the villages of Asia and Africa
  • Around 66 million children of primary school age across the developing world attend class on an empty stomach
  • One in four children around the world suffer from stunted growth or development due to a lack of nutritious food
  • A lack of nutritious food can cost an individual more than 10% of their lifetime earnings through lost productivity

To address this Unilever is working with the World Food Programme's (WFP) Home Grown School Meals​ Programme to address child malnutrition. In 2014 alone, this support is enabling WFP to provide over 9m school meals in countries such as Bangladesh, Indonesia, Kenya, Ecuador, Myanmar and the Philippines. And on World Food Day on 16 October, Unilever's brand Knorr donated 1m meals to school children around the world.

And we can all help to make a difference to the people behind the statistics. Join a community of like-minded people to create a brighter future by pledging your support for zero hunger here.​

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