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MA Women Invited to Share "One Table"

July 2, 2009

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Women around the world could be working together to solve one of their biggest problems – hunger. That's the thought behind a new campaign called "One Table."

Food shortages peak in many areas during the summer months, and Mercy Corps in Cambridge is part of a new fundraising campaign aimed at women. It funds farm, nutrition and self-sufficiency programs in the United States and internationally.

The problem is severe, according to Na Eng with Mercy Corps.

"I don't think everyone realizes that hunger is the world's Number One health risk. In fact, according to the United Nations, 17 people die every minute because they don't have enough to eat. That's a rate greater than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, combined."

Working in more than 30 countries, Mercy Corps has found that programs to help women are often the most successful, Ng says, because the recipients make good use of the money.

"They invest their earnings to achieve long-term benefits for their family. They also tend to take advantage of educational and financial resources to feed and care for their families."

The United Nations recently announced it has about $1.5 million dollars to fight hunger, but needs more than $6 million. "One Table" suggests that women donate the cost of one restaurant meal, or have a potluck and pool their donation money.

More fundraising ideas are available at http://onetable.mercycorps.org.





Monique Coppola, Public News Service - MA