World Food Day: A Global Call to Action

Welcome back, Wildcat, to a very special edition of the Campus Kitchen blog. This week we are talking about World Food Day which falls on Sunday, October 16th this year! World Food Day celebrates the anniversary of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization, a sector of the United Nations.

The aim of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN is to fight hunger, malnutrition, and food insecurity across the globe. So each year the organization celebrates it’s anniversary with World Food Day which includes hundreds of events and outreach activities that bring together governments, volunteers, and everyone in between to promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure healthy diets for all, leaving no one behind.

The past couple of years have been particularly difficult for millions of people around the globe suffering from food insecurity, hunger, and malnutrition. The isolation of the pandemic and rising food costs has worsened financial situations for many, with some experiencing food insecurity for the first time.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization adds that “Millions of people around the world cannot afford a healthy diet, putting them at high risk of food insecurity and malnutrition. But ending hunger isn’t only about supply. Enough food is produced today to feed everyone on the planet. The problem is access and availability of nutritious food, which is increasingly impeded by multiple challenges including the COVID-19 pandemic, conflicts, climate change, inequality, rising prices and international tensions. People around the world are suffering the domino effects of challenges that know no borders. Worldwide, more than 80 percent of the extreme poor live in rural areas and many rely on agriculture and natural resources for their living. They are usually the hardest hit by natural and man-made disasters and often marginalized due to their gender, ethnic origin, or status. It is a struggle for them to gain access to training, finance, innovation and technologies.” World Food Day is an opportunity to make a difference around the world for those experiencing hunger through volunteerism, activism, and donations.

Come celebrate World Food Day with Campus Kitchen by volunteering or donating with us, attending a World Food Day event, or supporting your local food bank. Learn more about how you can help United Nations World Food Day mission here!


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