LDS Church Donates $3M to UN Program to Fight Hunger
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KLIX) – A $3 million donation was presented recently by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the United Nations’ World Food Programme to help provide food to refugees and displaced people in Cameroon, Chad and Syria.
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the church’s First Presidency, presented the donation during a recent visit to Rome.
"I presented a check to the World Food Programme on behalf of [members of the LDS Church],” Uchtdorf said in a prepared statement. “The generous offerings of our worldwide membership make such a donation possible. Their commitment, their collective resolve to do something, and not just say something, will ultimately make a difference in the lives of God's children.”
This is the third consecutive year that LDS Charities, the humanitarian arm of the church, has partnered with the U.N. organization to fight hunger, according to a news release. The church last year donated money to alleviate hunger for those suffering from the drought in Ethiopia; and in 2014, it helped provide relief to those affected by the Ebola crisis.
The church also partners with Catholic Relief Services and the International Rescue Committee – organizations that both welcomed Uchtdorf to the Piraeus and Eleonas refugee camps near Athens during his European visit – in an effort to aid refugees throughout the world.
It is estimated that around 795 million people suffer from hunger across the globe – or about one out of every nine people go without food each day, according to the release. Malnutrition affects one in two people on the planet.