World Food Day represents a time for people to take action against hunger. Sunday marks the day where people are encouraged to come together and pledge their commitment to put an end to world hunger. First established in 1979, World Food day celebrates the creation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and is observed by millions of people around the world.
This year’s theme is “Climate is Changing. Food and Agriculture must too.” There are several ways to observe this day whether you attend an event or find your own way to give back, the key is to bring attention to the issue.
1. Host a World Food Day meal. Gather your closest friends and family and start a conversation around the table about farming, food and hunger. Get the group to start talking about who grows the food, where it comes from and more. Whether you are toasting a farmer who has dedicated time to make sure food is grown correctly or you are starting a conversation about hunger, hosting a World Food Day meal is a great way to get people to discuss the food issues plaguing the world. Make sure everyone is open minded during the discussion, there are no wrong answers. Oxfam America offers a free Hunger Banquet guide that shares tips on hosting a party and will send you free informational materials for your guests.
2. Sign up for a Hunger Walk. An organization known as Buddhist Global Relief has hosted events like the Concert to Feed the Hungry as the Walk to Feed the Hungry in several cities across the United States. Internationally, Cambodia, the United Kingdom and India have also held organized walks. The mission of the organization is to “combat chronic hunger and malnutrition.” If there are no walks going on near you, start a walk in your area.
3. Attend a large public event. Whether you are attending a Twitter chat online or looking to get involved in person, find a World Food Day event closest to you and join in.
Going hungry can happen to anyone, the U.S. is one of the richest countries in the world and yet one in seven Americans do not have enough to eat. Hunger can be ended in our lifetime but everyone’s help is needed to complete this task.