Mittens for a Cause
“Growing up in rural China, I know how it feels to go hungry.” Florence’s past experiences have encouraged us here at Jan & Jul to help the future of other children. This is how our Mittens for a Cause campaign was born.
Florence Luo, founder of Jan & Jul spent most of her childhood living in a small, poor village in China. People living in her village had no fresh water, no electricity and little education available to them. “Malnutrition and hunger were so common in our village.”
World Food Programme
The World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian organization. The WFP was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2020 for its efforts in combating hunger in conflict-affected areas. According to the WFP, “around the world, innocent children and families are caught in a vicious cycle, because where there is conflict, there is hunger. And where there is hunger, there is often conflict.”
The WFP estimates one in every nine people globally went to bed hungry in 2020. This works out to 811 million people. These numbers are expected to go up even more with the COVID-19 pandemic and its lasting effects on global food security.
“I saw so much poverty,” says Florence, speaking of her childhood in rural China. “And today in 2021, still too many parents around the world struggle to feed their children. Now with Mittens for a Cause, we are giving back to help kids that were struggling like I was.”