Hunger in HK

In affluent Hong Kong, it is easy to think of hunger as a problem that exists elsewhere; a problem of countries struggling with famine, warfare or abject poverty. But hunger is much closer to home than most people think: more than 1.5 million people in our city suffer from food insecurity.

Since the financial crisis of late 2008 and with the more recent dramatic increase in inflation, more and more people in Hong Kong are crossing the line from just getting by, to not being able to afford to eat three nutritious meals a day. These people include children, seniors and working families, refugees, migrant workers and the unemployed. They live in our communities. They work around us. They share many of the same interests and goals that we do.

While most of us think it could never happen here, the reality is that hunger does exist in Hong Kong, and it is our duty to stop it. We all need to tackle the issue of hunger here at home as well as continue to support the global fight against hunger and malnutrition.

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Did you know?
Over 18% of the population of Hong Kong live under the poverty line. This means they are surviving on an income of less than $3,275 per month to pay for food, shelter, clothing and other basic necessities.

 

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