Although the World Food Programme reports that emergencies account for less than 8% of hunger's victims, the need is still profound when disasters strike. In situations of war, natural catastrophes, or severe drought, food is usually distributed for free, and countries that face chronic food insecurity often become permanent recipients of food aid. The sector is largely donor-supported, and is more often a program area within large organizations that focus on creating sustainable solutions to poverty, then assemble in times of crisis when basic resources are needed.
CARE International // CARE's Emergency and Humanitarian Assistance Unit (EHAU) helps communities create plans to deal with emergencies and works to ensure they receive food, water, shelter, healthcare and other emergency relief supplies when they need them most.
Catholic Relief Services // CRS approaches its emergency response programming through a framework of saving lives, supporting livelihoods and strengthening civil society. From the very beginning of a disaster, CRS works with the affected community with the ultimate goal of moving from relief to reconstruction.
UNICEF // UNICEF was created after World War II to assist children living in war-ravaged communities. It continues to provide both immediate and long-term necessities throughout the world including food, water, shelter, and health care.
Relief International // Relief International's food and agriculture program incorporates climate change, natural resource management, and conservation principles into projects that improve global food security. It also responds to immediate needs—including food rations, clean water, and shelter—when civil unrest and natural disasters occur