What Brings Us Together?


Five countries, three continents, one universal custom: sharing a meal with family members. Photographer Chris Terry went in search of the ingredients of the family meal, visiting families in Ecuador, Chad, Niger, Jordan and Myanmar.

Their meals were made possible thanks to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and funding from the European Union (ECHO).

Chris Terry’s pictures reveal that our desire to share is one of the most essential ingredients, not only for the family meal, but also for a zero hunger world.



The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. In 2013, WFP assisted more than 80 million people in 75 countries.

Voluntarily funded, WFP works to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.

The European Commission’s Humanitarian aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) aims to save and preserve life, prevent and alleviate human suffering and safeguard the integrity and dignity of populations affected by natural disasters and man-made crises.

The area of food assistance and nutrition represents about half of ECHO’s humanitarian assistance, amounting to a total investment of €535 million in 2013. The EU (European Commission and member states combined) is the world’s largest donor of humanitarian aid.

Chris Terry is a London-based photographer shooting portraits, food, celebrities and travel for advertising, magazines and books. For the Family Meal project, he travelled around the world visiting families who receive the World Food Programme’s assistance made possible thanks to EU support. His photographic journey started in August 2014 and took him to Ecuador, Chad, Niger, Jordan and Myanmar, in search of the ingredients of the family meal.