World Food Day is a day of action against hunger. On October 16, people around the world come together to declare their commitment to eradicate hunger in our lifetime. Because when it comes to hunger, the only acceptable number in the world is zero.
World Food Day celebrates the creation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on October 16, 1945 in Quebec, Canada. First established in 1979, World Food Day has since then been observed in almost every country by millions of people.
In North America, grassroots events and public awareness campaigns engage diverse audiences in action against hunger. From hunger walks and World Food Day dinners to meal packaging events and food drives, there are many ways for people to be a part of solutions to hunger.
Each year, advocates come together to raise awareness and engage Americans and Canadians in the movement to end hunger. Led by the FAO Liaison Office for North America, the World Food Day USA & Canada Network includes over 60 organizations, universities and companies that are working to achieve a zero hunger world.
- 60% of the hungry in the world are women.
- Almost 5 million children under the age of 5 die of malnutrition-related causes every year.
- 4 in 10 children in poor countries are malnourished damaging their bodies and brains
Every human being has a fundamental right to be free from hunger and the right to adequate food. The right to adequate food is realized when every man, woman and child has the physical and economic access at all times to adequate food or means for its procurement.
This World Food Day, Toast a Farmer!
This World Food Day we are celebrating family farmers for growing our food and for caring for the earth.
Join in a toast to thank the farmers that work hard every day to ensure that our food is grown with care and is healthy for us to eat.
Post a picture of yourself with your glass raised and include a personalized toast as your status or tweet on Facebook or Twitter with #ToastAFarmer, #WFD2014.
You could also share any of the photos below of real family farmers with a personalized toast with #ToastAFarmer, #WFD2014.
So many ways for us to give our support to family farmers this World Food Day!
Attend or Host an Event
Want to take part in the fight to end hunger? Every year thousands of events are held to raise awareness about hunger. There are plenty of ways that you, your friends and your family can be part of the solution: Hunger walks, World Food Day dinners, Hunger Banquets, food packaging events, rallies, conferences, food drives, and more! Find one near you or host one yourself.
On World Food Day, #hungerto do more. Host an awareness dinner in your home, donate to a local food bank, or join our social media campaign – the options to take action on World Food Day are truly endless. What do you #hunger to do?
Here are some ideas: