Food aid has hit a 20-year low this year according to a Reuters report, even as numbers of critically hungry people grow to the highest level ever. The article cites the United Nations World Food Program, saying the number of hungry people will pass 1 billion this year for the first time. The WFP faces a serious budget shortfall, with $2.6 billion in 2009 funding so far, toward an annual budget of $6.7 billion.

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Source: Reuters