What is World Food Day?
World Food Day is celebrated every year on the 16th October and aims to raise awareness of food issues and the challenges we, as a global population, face going forward. This year, the theme is “zero hunger.” Believing that a zero hunger world is achievable by 2030, World Food Day aims to raise awareness and encourage and facilitate meaningful change in the way we produce, harvest, buy, eat, and dispose of our food.
It’s a philosophy also followed by our FareShare partners, who take fresh, healthy, and in-date goods that the food industry would otherwise waste and redistribute them to frontline charities and community groups, so that they can reach those who need them most.
Why is World Food Day important?
The amount of food we produce, consume, and waste has a big influence on both hunger at home and around the world. Through the system of supply and demand, our habits determine what food is produced, how it's used, and who can afford it. That’s a big responsibility to shoulder when you consider a few of the facts.
Approximately 821 million people suffer from hunger, even though we produce more than enough food to feed the entire global population. Around, 60% of those suffering from hunger are women. A staggering 45% of infant deaths are caused by or related to under-nutrition. Despite this, 1/3 of all food produced is wasted.
The good news is that we can all do something about it. With a few simple lifestyle changes we can all make a big difference.
Let’s get started!
Ready to get involved with World Food Day and start working towards a zero hunger world? Here’s a few ways you can help right now.