Today is World Food Day.
“World Food Day was proclaimed in 1979 by the Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It marks the date of the founding of FAO in 1945. The aim of the Day is to heighten public awareness of the world food problem and strengthen solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty. In 1980, the General Assembly endorsed observance of the Day in consideration of the fact that “food is a requisite for human survival and well-being and a fundamental human necessity” (resolution 35/70 of 5 December 1980). ” (source: http://www.un.org/Depts/dhl/food/index.html)
My own interest in hunger and poverty began when Bob Geldof organised the Live Aid concert in 1985. As a teenager I took part in 40 hour famines and when I started working I took out a World Vision Child Sponorship. Not big things, but I firmly believe that every little bit does count. And now, Cooking for Oscar supports the World Food Programme through it’s We Feedback initiative. The WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency addressing hunger and it is funded entirely from donations. My family’s food problems cannot compare to the problems some families face – almost 1 billion people are malnourished.
On this World Food Day there are a number of small things you can do to support the WFP and help address world hunger. Not all these cost money, just a small amount of your time, so please take the time and help end world hunger.
- Watch Molly’s story, answer three questions then share the link to contribute 1 meal for 1 child.
- Play Free Rice. Improve your vocabulary and for every question you get correct, 10 grains of rice are donated to the WFP. 10 grains doesn’t sound like much, but it’s addictive and the more you win the more rice you contribute.
- Take the Hunger IQ Test. For every person that takes the quiz, one child will receive a warm meal.
- Share this information and encourage your friends to help out as well.
- Learn more about hunger, visit the WFP site to learn more.
- Feedback a meal, or even a cup of coffee. I gave up my weekly chai latte and muffin and provided 20 meals.
- Donate to one of the WFPs initiaves, such as Fill the Cup – $1 fills 4 cups, Heroes Fighting Hunger or Women 4 Women. It takes only $0.25 for the World Food Programme to give a hungry schoolchild a cup of nutritious food. $50 will feed a child at school for an entire year.
Please find some small way to support World Food Day today.
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