I’ve just been listening to President Boyd K. Packer, who gave three separate examples of starving and/or poverty-stricken children he has encountered during his worldly travels.
In all cases, he noted the poverty and hunger he saw in specific children at the time, but didn’t seem to be able to actually do anything about it, other than to note it for this (then) future conference talk.
In the first case, He saw a child in Japan holding a can and spoon (he knew this meant the child was an orphan) as his train sat in the station, but “unfortunately”, the train pulled away before he could give the child any money.
In the next case he bragged about being in Cuzco, Peru, and seeing a young boy attempting to sneak in and steal bread from the sacrament table. The boy was chased out of the chapel by one woman, but soon returned. Packer said that he (alone) called the boy over and then held the boy on his lap. He was very proud to have been so Christ-like and seemingly couldn’t wait to get home to tell then leader of the church – Spencer W. Kimball – what he had done.
Strangely enough, no mention about giving the kid any actual food, but he assured us that President Kimball said more than once that he had “touched a nation”.
In another example, he saw a group of young boys running around Salt Lake City, one of whom had no coat and who was “jumping up and down” to stay warm. He imagined this boy returning to a small apartment and sleeping in a bed with a lack of covers. His response to this situation? He still “prays every night” for people like this.
From 2006-2012, they LDS church’s “investment arm” spent a minimum of $2 billion on the new City Creek Center (some estimates range upwards of $5-6 billion)
“From 1985-2009, $327.6 million in cash and $884.6 million in commodities of aid was given throughout 178 countries.” LINK
That comes to an average of $50.5 million per year for 24 years (or less than $4 per member) — and the majority if that in “commodities” (blankets, used clothing, etc.).