WATCH | A food truck in DC is serving up knowledge instead of food
The concept of a food truck is pretty self-explanatory. It’s all there in the name. It’s food, and you buy it from a truck. There isn’t much more to it than that. Well, not quite.
There's a food truck in the nation's capital that is trying to raise awareness about world hunger. It's called the Famine Food Truck. It's run by Oxfam America, a non-profit with a mission to create solutions to poverty, famine and injustice.
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Instead of containers of food, workers hand out small boxes of leaflets that have information about the amount of money that's currently spent on helping people in impoverished countries. Information is also given on how much those budgets could be slashed under the Trump administration.
It's estimated that roughly 30 million people are going hungry in Somalia, Nigeria, Yemen, and South Sudan. The United Nations describes this as the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II, and estimates that $4.4 billion is needed by the end of June to adequately respond and prevent millions from starvation.
“The most important thing people can do if they care about issues of global poverty is to speak out to their members of Congress and their elected officials," said Ben Grossman-Cohen, Global Campaign Manager at Oxfam. "Those leaders are the ones who wield the purse strings.”
The Famine Food Truck had a brief run in Washington. Oxfam hopes to take it to different cities to help raise awareness. What particularly concerns Oxfam is President Trump's proposed budget that would drastically cut both humanitarian and development assistance.
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