America spends $9 billion on Halloween candy and costumes and just $1.5 billion on world hunger, according to Newsweek.
In 2017, Americans will spend $9.1 billion on Halloween candies and costume, according to the National Retail Federation.
That’s six times more money than what goes to feed the poor.
The U.S. Food for Peace program, which fights world hunger, gets only $1.5 billion a year for funding, Newsweek reported. The U.S. McGovern-Dole program, which provides food aid to children oversees, get $200 million a year from Congress.
Currently, the world is suffering from the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II — and relief efforts are just not enough to battle the ever-growing hunger.
As Halloween 2017 arrives, Somalia, Niger, Yemen and South Sudan have been hit by famine. Ethiopia, Syria, Iraq, Puerto Rico and Mali are also suffering from severe hunger.
See how charities and non-profit organizations are battling world hunger his Halloween.
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