Hunger is thought to be the cause of nearly half of deaths in children under five years old worldwide. Lack of access to proper nutrition affects a child\u2019s development and growth throughout their lifetime. Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to feeding children and communities in need in over 60 countries around the globe. Dr. Afzal is raising money to benefit this wonderful organization. Once donations reach the goal of $2,000, he has promised to shave his head on Facebook Live for all to see! He and his staff have packed countless meals for FMSC to send to families in Haiti. Dr. Afzal also contributes his time and resources to several other charities at home and abroad. Hope Starts With Food Founded in 1987, FMSC has provided nutritious meals to millions of people. Over 333 million meals were packed by program volunteers in 2017 alone. In 1993, along with a team of food scientists, a fortified rice meal was developed for malnourished children. Over the years, two more enriched food products were created to help reduce problems with malnutrition of children and adults of all ages. Malnutrition can have a massive impact on a child\u2019s entire life. Their growth, education, and even future earning potential are all closely linked with the nutrients they receive when they are young. By providing essential vitamins and other nutrients for all age groups, including infants, FMSC helps to ensure a bright future for all the recipients of their meal assistance. Sustainable Development FMSC believes that providing balanced nutrition helps create a foundation on which to build a thriving community. FMSC partner organizations work within communities to develop programs for sustainable agriculture, access to clean water, education, medical care, and more. The goal is to help communities become more self-reliant. Meal services are reduced as the community builds systems to provide for themselves more consistently. Artisan Partners FMSC also believes in helping those in need to earn a fair wage. In communities that receive food assistance, local artisans can sell their handcrafted goods through the FMSC MarketPlace. The profits from these sales help feed children all over the world while providing employment and strengthening communities. To read more about this organization, head on over to their website. For more information about Dr. Afzal\u2019s contributions to FMSC or the services offered at Afzal Clinics, contact us today by calling 612-789-8346.