Student Launches Fundraising Campaign for Global Ties to Combat Hunger

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$30 billion would solve world hunger, yet consumers spend three times that number just on cable TV. Inspired to make a difference, student Steven Ng founded Global Ties and is selling bracelets to feed the world.

I wanted to start a non-profit that would use the power of consumers to make a concrete change in the world

For the last year, Steven Ng, a sophomore at UCLA, has been establishing Global Ties as a service that creates opportunity for change. With Global Ties, people can buy a simple bracelet that will feed 12, 24, or 48 individuals for a day. Global Ties has launched an Indiegogo campaign to help fund its efforts.

Ng was in his second year at UCLA studying Economics when the idea of Global Ties came to him. After seeing that billions of dollars were being used on goods that people didn’t need, he thought that if only a fraction of that was used to help others, immense changes could be made.

“I wanted to start a non-profit that would use the power of consumers to make a concrete change in the world,” Ng said.

One in eight people suffer from hunger or malnutrition in the world. This amounts to 870 million people.

The UN estimates it would take $30 billion to solve world hunger for an entire year. While $30 billion each year sounds like a large sum, it’s smaller when compared to how much consumers spend in recreational shopping. In one year in the United States, consumers spend $97 billion on cable TV and $170 billion on cosmetics and beauty products.

“The things that we don’t really need account for so much more than things other people need the most,” Ng said.

Since the 1960s, the world has produced enough food to feed every person on the planet. Still, 9 million people die every year from poor nutrition (25,000 people every day).

“Hunger is the biggest and most solvable problem we face,” Ng said. “This is where Global Ties comes in.”

Profits from Global Ties will distribute meal support all over the world, starting with the neediest places first. Donations and support can be given at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/global-ties-help-end-hunger/.

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