German-Language Ad Asking to Help Feed Poor Americans Goes Viral

A video sharing a German-speaking ad to help feed hungry Americans has gone viral since it was uploaded to social media.

TikTok user @teresamorcho uploaded the video onto the social media platform last week with the reply caption: "Germany is actually doing videos to help feed America."

"I thought this was a joke. I honestly thought someone was trolling me, but they're not. I had to go and do my own research and I found the video. Brace yourself."

The video then cuts to a German-speaking ad that opens with a girl sitting on steps outside a house as a voiceover says she "lives with little access to nutritious food."

"Her poor diet could lead to diabetes, heart disease, and a costly dependency on the government. 49 million Americans are struggling with food insecurity," the voiceover continues.

As the ad plays out, a woman sits next to the child and says: "They are hungry for more than a meal. Hungry for change. America needs Germany's help, now."

The ad then ends with an infographic, based on a 2013/14 Gallup Poll, that said 20 percent of people in the U.S. struggle for food, compared to just 6 percent in Germany.

As of Tuesday, the clip has been viewed more than 8.6 million times and has been liked on more than 1.6 million occasions.

But, while the ad included a plea for Germans to help feed Americans and was in the German language, it was in fact paid for by the U.S.-based campaign Great Nations Eat.

"Germany for America" was one of three ads run by the group, which aimed to promote awareness on the number of Americans who struggle to eat a nutritious diet.

First broadcast in 2015, the ads shared a message of ending food hunger in the U.S. Other videos included voiceovers in Mandarin Chinese and Slovenian as well as similar statistics from the same poll.

In a post shared six years ago, Germany for America art director Diego Fonseca said: "In the United States, we constantly see PSA [public service announcement] ads for other countries in need.

"To showcase the shocking truth that other countries have better statistics regarding food equality, we created PSAs depicting America as the country in need. These foreign PSA ads ran nationally in the United States and debuted on the 4th of July."

Newsweek has contacted Great Nations Eat for comment.

According to the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), an organization that aims to improve nutrition in the U.S., 38 million Americans lived in homes that struggled with food insecurity or a lack of an affordable nutritious diet in 2020.

It added that one in 25 households in the U.S. experienced very low food security, meaning they regularly skipped meals or reduced intake because they could not afford more food.

FRAC also published that one in seven homes with children could not buy enough food to feed their families and that people in rural areas were more likely to face struggles to buy enough for their families.

The spoof adverts highlighted American food poverty
Stock image. The spoof ads highlighted food insecurity in the U.S. gelmold/Getty