Social Issues February 24, 2012
The World Food Programme Teams Up With 'The Hunger Games'

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is working with the cast and producers of 'The Hunger Games' to raise awareness about hunger around the world. Through a new website and a public service announcement, fans of the film - and Suzanne Collins's 'Hunger Games' books - are urged to help end hunger, which the WFP calls "the world's greatest solvable problem".

And judging by advance ticket sales, there are lots of fans out there: 'The Hunger Games' has broken the record, previously held by the third 'Twilight' film, for first day ticket presales. The film doesn't open until March 23rd.

The WFP/Hunger Games site features a PSA with three primary cast members from the film, Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson, as well as a WFP Hunger quiz, some useful links to information about world hunger, and several donation options.

The WFP is also raising awareness about poverty and hunger with a series of videos made by Molly, a 12-year-old girl growing up in the Mathare Slum in Nairobi. You can view all of those videos at her YouTube page, and check out the latest episode below:

Molly's World - Episode 3 - Molly's Day At School

Related stories on Strombo.com:

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Life in a Nairobi Slum

WFP, UN Seek Help To Prevent A New Famine, This Time In West Africa

Sources:

The WFP Hunger Games website

The WFP Molly's World website

MTV on 'The Hunger Games' record-breaking presales

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