In his first ever visit to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) earlier this week, Pope Francis gave his support to the goal of eradicating hunger.

“WFP is an excellent example of how one can work throughout the world to eradicate hunger through a better allotment of human and material resources by strengthening the local community,” the Pope said.

Currently 1 in 9 people on the planet are affected by hunger but in 2015 alone, the WFP assisted an incredible 76.7 million hungry people, including 6.1 million refugees through their food assistance programmes and school meal projects.

Check out WFP’s annual report here to see the incredible work that they do across the world, and how they are working towards achieving Goal 2 of the recently launched landmark Sustainable Development Goals: Zero Hunger, by the year 2030.

Talking on the topic of food waste in relation to hunger, the Pope stated “Food discarded is, in a certain sense, food that is stolen from the tables of the poor and the starving.”

Join the conversation online with #ZeroHunger #FoodRevolution and #ShareAMeal and share your thoughts below on how we can share more in order to address hunger and food waste.

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Check out the Pope’s #ZeroHunger tweet here and read more about his visit to the WFP here.

Photo credit: ©WFP/Giulio d’Adamo