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I want to share with you a good news, bad news story.

I hate sharing bad news, but here it is: hunger and malnutrition are the world’s leading threats to good health. They threaten more people daily than HIV, tuberculosis and malaria combined. The number of hungry people in the world rose from 784 million people in 2015 to 821 million in 2018.

I hate sharing bad news, but here it is: hunger and malnutrition are the world’s leading threats to good health. They threaten more people daily than HIV, tuberculosis and malaria combined. The number of hungry people in the world rose from 784 million people in 2015 to 821 million in 2018.

Almost 1 in 4 of the world’s children are stunted by poor nutrition. 1 in 9 adults globally are undernourished, ironically most of whom are poor agricultural farmers.

There is little doubt we live in a hungry world.

You play a crucial part in deciding how this story ends. You can turn this bad news story around by saying YES to our annual matching grant opportunity.

I’m thrilled to share that all donations we receive in response to this letter will be matched. Most of our food-related projects are eligible to receive matching funds from Global Affairs Canada through The Canadian Foodgrains Bank, at least 1:1, some as much as 4:1. A long-time friend of CBM has also personally committed to matching donations to our other food projects that come in response to this letter.

That means every gift to help feed hungry people will at least be doubled!

Now here is more good news. While there are more hungry mouths to feed in the world, there has been, in the last decade, a sharp increase in the means and opportunities to produce food. Our generation can become the first in the known history of the world to achieve global food security.

Almost 40 percent of the earth’s land surface is presently being used for food production. And while there are more mouths to feed, scientific, agronomic and technological advances have radically changed the way that food is being produced, stored, transported, distributed and consumed. Organic farming methods are sharply increasing. Food wastage is in decline. Farmers around the world are learning phenomenal new approaches to conservation farming, water management and soil preservation.

But despite these advancements, we still need to help ensure that the hungry will be fed. We are not powerless. There is much you can do to help bring a solution to global hunger.

Today, you have the opportunity to unlock hope for hungry people in our world through your matched gift.

Let me share two stories of people who have been lifted out of the despair of hunger.

Noe* is a farmer in the Philippines. Farmers in his area are often caught in a cycle of debt. The value of the rice grains Noe grows are sold to farm traders for too little to sustain his family. There is not enough fertile soil and production costs are expensive. The result is that Noe and other farmers in his area are never able to produce enough food to meet their own nutritional needs.

Last year Noe joined Food for Life, a church-based project which helps farmers increase their family income by selling rice at a higher price. The project also helps train farmers in new techniques that will produce crops with much higher yields and be able to withstand changes in climate.

Noe is seeing renewed hope through the assistance he has received through this CBM-supported food project. For Noe and his family, that means better nutrition, the ability to afford health care and access to education.

Let me also introduce you to Salwa*. She and her family were smuggled into Lebanon from Syria after the conflict broke out in their hometown of Homs. They made the decision to flee after one of their neighbours was shot in front of them. They left everything behind, including their clothing.

Salwa and her husband, their two widowed daughters, teenage son and four young

grandchildren now all live together in a tent in a field in Zahle, Lebanon. It is difficult for them to meet their daily needs, as work is hard to find. Some months it is a struggle to just feed the family.

A few months ago, someone from their local church visited them to find out more about their situation. Since then, Salwa’s family has started receiving a monthly food box of staples.

“The oil, rice and flour are great. The whole box is great,” said Salwa. “It is very hard; we have no one but God and you. I am very thankful for your assistance. My whole family is thankful.”

For Salwa’s family and the hundreds of other Syrian refugee families who are receiving assistance through this project, the loving outreach of the local church has restored hope in practical and tangible ways that mean better nutrition for everyone.

Today, I’m asking you to help the world’s hungry. People like Salwa and Noe and thousands of others like them.

Take this opportunity to make a deeper impact on the lives of people who are struggling with hunger and malnutrition by having your gift go further. Your ongoing partnership in this work is critical. Please respond generously today and help turn bad news into good news of hope and restored health for so many.

In faithful partnership and service,

Terry Smith
Terry SmithExecutive Director

Please act now! Only gifts received by March 31 will be matched.

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*Names have been changed. In the event a particular project or program is oversubscribed or where local conditions prevent implementation, CBM will redirect your donation to where it is needed most. Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $10 or more. Annual tax receipt sent at year-end. Charitable Registration Number: 10684 3436 RR001