Imagine half the population of Australia on the brink of starvation - this crisis requires a massive response.

A further 10 million people are running short of food. Catastrophic drought has ruined crops and killed livestock by the millions, and families need food and safe water now.

Red Cross and Red Crescent is distributing food to people who are starving.

Our volunteers are part of the affected communities. They are working in hard-to-reach villages, areas cut off by conflict, and border camps where people are seeking refuge from hunger and violence. They are giving food to hungry children and their families, trucking in fresh water, and even dropping food packages by air.

We are also helping communities to manage diseases caused by a lack of food and water. Where possible, we're giving people cash grants to help them buy what they need, rebuild local markets and plan for the future.

This crisis is too big to ignore.

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How are donation funds from the East Africa Food Crisis Appeal used?

Emergency relief and recovery assistance such as food, water, sanitation, shelter and health.

Sending specialist aid workers to assist in initial assessment and crisis management operations.

Working in affected areas to strengthen local resilience and deliver effective relief and recovery services.

How much is Red Cross taking for administrative costs?

Australian Red Cross ensures that at least 90% of funds raised for an international appeal are spent directly on our emergency response programs. Our appeal and administration costs for international appeals vary depending upon the type and scale of activity, but are never more than 10% of any donation and only cover the directly associated costs in administering and promoting the appeal, such as the toll free inbound phone, postage for mailing receipts to donors, temporary staff if required, bank fees, audit and financial accountability. Should the funds raised exceed the amount required to meet the immediate and longer-term needs of the people in the affected areas, Australian Red Cross will direct the excess funds to disaster management initiatives in the region. Any interest earned on donations will be invested back into the appeal.