You know there’s something powerful at work when it’s celebrated all over the world.
On October 16, millions of people will gather at marathons, concerts, exhibitions, marches and other events around the globe to observe World Food Day. One of the most commemorated days of the United Nations calendar since it was established in 1979, its momentum shows no signs of slowing down with hundreds of events planned in over 130 countries this year.
And that’s because raising awareness of hunger and working together to defeat it continues to grow as a global movement. It’s staggering to realize that 820 million people worldwide—that’s roughly 1 in 9—are going hungry today.
The problem gets more complex because food insecurity isn’t just a matter of limited quantity, but quality as well. Around the world, malnutrition affects 1 out of every 3 people but takes different forms from undernutrition and stunting to obesity. Unhealthy diets have recently become a leading risk factor for disease and death, so for 2019 World Food Day has focused on the critical need to make sustainable diets affordable and accessible to everyone.
That won’t be easy, but just like we at Feed the Children decided to help create a world where no child goes to bed hungry, the people behind World Food Day committed themselves to a “Zero Hunger” future. We’re proud to stand should-to-shoulder with them and other nonprofit organizations like us as well as businesses, governments, journalists, and citizens worldwide to contribute to the collective effort that we believe can end worldwide hunger in our lifetimes.
And, of course…you can help, too! You can donate today or check out World Food Day online here to find out more. And don’t forget to join the celebration October 16th!