25 in Change provides a simple way to make lasting changes.
Malnutrition is the biggest problem the world faces today.
Each year, hunger and obesity kill more people than war, natural disasters, murder, AIDS, TB, and malaria combined! The worst part is that it doesn’t have to be this way – we have plenty of healthy food to feed every person on the planet with enough left over to feed another 5 billion people.
The inefficient handling of the global food system has prioritized profiting from cheap food and impatience at the expense of our health, families, and environment. The costs of obesity worldwide have recently outpaced the costs of smoking and total around $2 Trillion Dollars per year.
A recent study by economists at the University of Georgia shows that the greatest rise in obesity for individuals was caused by the factors that make fast food successful: impatience and cheap food.
On top of all of that, the fast food industry is the biggest consumer of global livestock—the largest single cause of global climate change; more than all cars, planes, trains, and ships combined.
These facts about our broken food system are just the tip of the iceberg. Through 25 in Change, Advocates research the food system and share their experience with their friends and families over the course of 25 days.
Because of the interwoven causes of hunger, obesity, nutrient deficiency, and climate change, if we are to meaningfully engage in reducing these causes, we have to join in solidarity with those who suffer most greatly from them. With half of the world’s population marginalized by the food system, it is only through solidarity with them that we can begin to understand how the food system hides its brokenness from those of us who benefit from it.
For 25 days, groups of people commit to simple changes for those marginalized by the food system. Advocates commit during this time to eat the same types of school meals offered to children through the World Food Programme in Haiti. These are nutritious meals of rice and beans which provide children a complete protein and are fortified with necessary micronutrients to keep children healthy. These Advocates make the commitment to only eat a meal when a $25 contribution is made to provide 100 school meals for these children. In solidarity with these children, Advocates refuse to eat unless these children get to eat. But, the connected nature of our broken food system requires more
It requires Partners to join in solidarity for those who speak up for marginalized. Each Partner can provide only one $25 financial contribution over the course of 25 days. Instead, Partners are asked to give up fast food for 25 days in order to transform their own neighborhood food systems which have a global impact.
Martin Luther King Jr. once said “ All mankind is tied together; all life is interrelated, and we are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. For some strange reason I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. And you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be – this is the interrelated structure of reality.”
1. It's about our world, it's about the leading cause of all death.
2. Be a voice for the voiceless, share in the convo & advocate on their behalf.
3. Provide a meal for an advocate while also providing 100 meals for children in need.
25 in Change offers people the ability to step out of their usual routines through simple choices that radically change the lives of those who suffer from malnutrition.