When natural disasters forced her family into hunger, your loved helped Shangita Devi harvest chili peppers and other crops on her farm in Bihar, India.

World Food Day: Four ways you help hungry neighbors

The COVID-19 pandemic and increased migration have increased the number of people who go hungry. Nearly 1 in every 10 people globally face "food insecurity," the technical term for when one does not know from where a next meal may come. Even in the face of challenges, your love is able to reach people who need food. Here's how.

1. Emergency food assistance

When food isn't readily available and people are in need, emergency food assistance is a short-term solution. Pandemic-related lockdowns, coupled with several major natural disasters, have made emergency food an important part of our support to neighbors in need around the world this year.

2. Cash vouchers

Cash vouchers allow families to purchase food they need in local markets. This approach helps families to select exactly what they need while contributing to the local economy. Increasingly, vouchers are orchestrated using cell phone technology.

3. Agricultural help

So often families know exactly how to address their hunger challenges but just need help with seeds, tools and other items necessary to farm. In such cases, you're able to provide just what a family needs to ensure they can feed themselves in the long run.

4. Market opportunities

Too often households are shut out of markets where they can contribute their expertise and goods. We put your love to work opening doors to markets that offer new opportunities that promote sustainability, prevent migration and help families escape poverty for good.

As we observe World Food Day on October 16, thank you so generously for fighting hunger — both urgently and for the long-term — for our most vulnerable neighbors throughout the world.