Hawa, an Action Against Hunger community health worker in Mali.

Frequently asked questions

We’ve put together some answers to the questions you ask us the most. Learn more about our work and how we manage your support.


Q. Why are you contacting me?

A. You’re in control of what you receive and how you hear from us. We send out mailings and emails to all of our valuable supporters several times a year to keep you updated on our work and our innovative projects. You can choose to receive fewer communications if you would prefer, for example only our Winter Appeal, or perhaps just the supporter magazine twice a year.

You can contact our Supporter Care team at [email protected] or call us at 020 8853 7571 to update your communication preferences.

Q. What is my money spent on?

A. In 2020, Action Against Hunger helped 25 million people in 46 countries worldwide.

Our achievements include helping:

  • 7.4 million people through our nutrition programmes
  • 5 million people with our health projects
  • 9.6 million people through our water, sanitation and hygiene activities
  • 2.2 million people with our food security and livelihoods programmes

Q. What is Gift Aid?

A. Gift Aid is an easy way to boost your donation to charity. It allows us to reclaim the basic rate tax you pay as a UK taxpayer from HM Revenue and Customs. For every £1 you donate we can claim an extra 25p of tax at no extra cost to you. All we need is a one-off declaration.

You can let us know if you would like to Gift Aid your donations by ticking a box on our online donation form, or on the back of our paper forms you might receive in the post. You can also make a declaration over the phone by calling our supporter care team on 020 8853 7571.

Q. How much does it cost to help a child?

A. It costs just £42 to save a child’s life, which is the cost of enough ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) for six weeks of treatment. It includes an average of three packets of RUTF a day as well as monitoring and care from a healthcare professional.

Q. How can I set up a regular gift?

A. Setting up a regular gift is an incredible act of generosity, thank you.

There are three easy ways to set up a regular donation:

  • Following the steps on our website.
  • Calling our Supporter Care team on 020 8853 7571 to set one up over the phone.
  • Emailing us at [email protected] and asking us to send you a regular gift set up form.

Q. How do I cancel my regular gift?

A. If you’re having trouble committing to a regular monthly gift, you can change the frequency of your donation to every six or twelve months if you’d prefer. If you’d still prefer to cancel we’ll be sad to see you go but we understand it’s your decision.

To cancel your regular gift just email us at [email protected] and let us know. You’ll then need to cancel the direct debit with your bank.

Q. I am interested in supporting Action Against Hunger in another way, how can I get involved?

A. There are lots of ways you can support Action Against Hunger, from taking part in a virtual event to getting active with a physical challenge.

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Q. How do I know that my money will reach the people who need it and not go to the government?

A. Action Against Hunger is a non-governmental organisation, which means that we manage and roll out all of our programmes ourselves. We have no affiliation with any of the governments in the countries where we work.

We often work alongside other organisations and delivery partners such as the World Food Programme, Unicef or the United Nations to make sure that we have the furthest reach and our work has the maximum impact.

Q. Why are you carrying out face to face fundraising? 

A. Face to face fundraising allows us to talk to people about world hunger, why our work is so important and how they can help. By meeting people in person, we’re able to have conversations with people who may be interested in us, but haven’t had the opportunity to speak to us directly about why their support matters.

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Our impactA community supported by Action Against Hunger in Tanzania.

Our impact

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Our work

Q. How many children die from malnutrition?

A. Malnutrition is an underlying cause of 45% of deaths of children under five around the world. That’s one child every 13 seconds. Malnutrition and hunger weaken a child’s immune system and make them more vulnerable to illnesses like pneumonia.

Q. Why are children suffering from malnutrition and hunger?

A. There are many reasons why a child might become malnourished. We know that conflict, climate change, poor access to healthcare and inequality are all underlying drivers of malnutrition.

The climate crisis is driving a rise in extreme weather around the world, leading to more frequent droughts and floods. These can lead to crop failures and a loss of income for families, which means they struggle to feed their children.

Long and complex conflicts  also affect millions of people around the world. They can lead to the sudden large-scale displacement of people who often end up living in makeshift camps and struggle to make an income.

Poverty and inequality are also leading drivers of hunger and malnutrition. More and more countries have both high levels of hunger in some regions and high levels of obesity elsewhere. The increasingly unequal distribution of wealth means that many people are missing out on nutritious food and going hungry, even while living in countries experiencing strong economic development.  Often those living in poverty skip meals or consume cheaper and nutrition-poor foods, putting their health at risk.

Gender inequality also plays a role in driving malnutrition, as women and girls often eat last and least in a household.  A third of all women of reproductive age worldwide suffer from anaemia, caused by iron deficiency. Teenage mothers and their babies can also be particularly vulnerable to malnutrition.

Q. What is Action Against Hunger doing about it?

A. We’re dedicated to providing children with the nutrition they need to fulfil their potential and make a lasting change in their community. We do this by detecting, treating and preventing malnutrition in children so they can regain their health and build a better future. We also tackle the root causes of hunger, such as poverty and inequality, and help improve families’ access to good nutrition. Finally, we provide families with access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene services.

Q. How much does your Executive Director earn?

A.  In 2020, our Executive Director earned £102,072 including pension contributions.

You can find a full break down of our costs in our UK Annual Report and Financial Statements.

Q. How much do you spend on administrative costs?

A. 96p in every £1 we raise goes back into our work and the remaining 4p is spent on fundraising and support costs.

Where your money goes

Q. What about hungry children in the UK, how are you helping them?

A. Action Against Hunger is a global charity working in 46 countries around the world.

We have recently worked in two areas with high levels of deprivation in the UK to address the impact of Covid-19 on families struggling to afford the food they need. We have supported local partners who are offering cooked meals from community kitchens and who are running food pantries – a low cost and dignified way for families to shop for the food they need.

We endeavour to ensure our 40 years of expertise in treating and preventing life-threatening malnutrition, along with our precious resources donated by our supporters, are targeted where they can be most effective and where needs are greatest around the world.

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Supporter promise

Simbo and his mum in Mali. Simbo recovered from life-threatening hunger after receiving support from Action Against Hunger.

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What we stand for

An Action Against Hunger health worker in Mali.

We tackle the causes and effects of hunger in vulnerable communities – no matter what the circumstances.

Where your money goes

Muk collects bag of rice at an Action Against Hunger distribution centre in Bangladesh.

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we’re able to support 17 million people around the world.