by Linda St.Cyr, Contributing Writer
Yum! Brands, Inc., the parent company of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, is well aware of the food crisis happening in Africa. Families in the Horn of Africa are suffering the effects of drought and war. Hunger and famine are at an all time high. Celebrities have called this plight in Africa, “the worst food crisis of the 21st century.” Yum! Brands, Inc. is attempting to make a difference by directing $1 million in funds from its World Hunger Relief global effort to help the United Nations World Food Programme feed those affected.
Over 13 million people in the Horn of Africa have been affected by the food crisis. One of the worst droughts in history, conflict in the region, and over-population in refugee camps is making food a scarce commodity. The World Food Programme is trying to get food to those in need in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Djibouti, and Somalia.
Yum! CEO David Novak said of the companies actions, “The situation throughout the Horn of Africa is desperate, and we all need to help.”
Yum! Brands, Inc. is not only fighting hunger in Africa, but all over the world through the World Hunger Relief effort. The company's hunger relief efforts span 110 countries, 38,000 restaurants and more than a million employees and volunteers dedicated to raising awareness and funds for hunger-relief agencies.
While also battling hunger in the Horn of Africa the company is also helping the World Food Programme's hunger relief efforts in Hondoras, the second poorest country in Central America.
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