Where would we be without food? We certainly wouldn’t be at Starbucks, grocery stores or restaurants. But, we wouldn’t be anywhere very long because we need food to live. Food is a fundamental human right, yet one in nine people globally experiences chronic hunger. As far back as 1945, the United Nations recognized food as not a privilege but a right, and that’s why they created World Food Day, observed annually on October 16, 1979. It’s a day of observance to draw attention to the plight of the hungry. So, today, join us in eradicating hunger.
How to observe world food day
Give to a local food bank.
In the United States, it’s estimated that 1 in 7 people rely on food banks as their primary or supplemental food source—many of these are working families who suffer from underemployment and cannot afford the groceries needed to help their family live healthfully. The top requested items for food banks are healthy, non-perishable items high in protein, such as canned or dry beans, peanut butter, rolled oats, low-sodium soups and vegetables and tuna canned in water.
Support small-scale farms
Ninety-eight per cent of the farms in the world are family farms. They usually practice sustainable agriculture with plants indigenous to the area, rotating crops and limited use of pesticides. Sadly, many family farmers cannot produce the variety of crops needed for their survival and, without support, can suffer from malnutrition themselves. On World Food Day, shop locally and support family farms.
Raise money to end hunger
On World Food Day, there are typically several food drives. If you don’t know of a local food drive, organize one yourself and donate the food to a local food drive. Globally there are hunger walks, World Food Day dinners and food packaging rallies. Get involved, and let’s end world hunger!
Why world food day is important
It helps raise awareness.
Millions of people suffer the health consequences of malnourishment, which damages growing bodies and brains. That’s why it’s essential to draw attention to this health crisis—and by doing so, ensure food security and availability of nutritious foods to everyone on the planet.
It’s a reminder hunger can be ended.
Our planet currently produces enough food to feed every person on the earth. However, 1.3 billion tons of food is lost or wasted annually (roughly 20% of the food produced). World Food Day acts as an impetus to get involved, reduce food waste, and help provide sustenance for millions.
It brings attention to eating mindfully.
Food is an excellent source of pleasure and entertainment, but sometimes we can overindulge. If we return to the focus of eating mindfully, we can reduce the amount of wasted food and the number of people going to bed hungry. World Food Day serves as a reminder to refrain from overeating and make ecologically sustainable choices.