There are some 795 million people in the world suffering from hunger and malnutrition, with poor nutrition causing 45% of deaths in children under 5 - roughly 3.1 million children/year. While hunger is a bigger risk to health worldwide than malaria, tuberculosis, and AIDS combined, it is also considered the world's greatest solvable problem. The knowledge, tools, and policies that we have access to today, combined with the political will, can solve this problem.
ShareTheMeal app is part of World Food Programme's goal of diversifying and growing its traditional donor profile - up until now, ShareTheMeal has been the most effective tool to engage Millennials in the fight for food security.
Our goal is to accelerate a zero-hunger future by broadening the fight against hunger through digital innovation. By leveraging micro-donations and the fact that there are 20 times more smartphone users that hungry children in the world, we are making this fight bigger and more accessible: anyone owning a smartphone can help a hungry child whenever and wherever they want.
For the app to make a real change in the fight against hunger, we needed mass Millennial appeal. So our strategy was always to make donations as friction less and as transparent as possible. What we believe makes us stand out is the fact that we actually put the fight against hunger in people's hands. Whoever wants to do good and help vulnerable children has no reason not to do it anymore: the app is for free and it's so cheap to help.
Here are its key features:
ShareTheMeal was launched as a pilot in July 2015 in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. In November 2015 we launched globally. These are our results:
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