There are many causes that deserve serious attention, independent of party lines or political affiliations, that impact us all as human beings but don’t make the headlines. World hunger is one of those. One in nine persons worldwide, or about 805 million of us, live in chronic, life-threatening hunger. Sixty percent of women live their lives in constant hunger, and in many countries, 40% of children suffer from malnutrition. These are facts that don’t make the headlines but are ever present.
World Food Day, established in 1979, is a day when people around the world rally to declare their commitment to eradicating hunger. These are some of the organizations that work all year long to eradicate hunger and every October 16 come together to help World Food Day become a reality and catalyst for action.
For many years, Islamic Relief USA has joined hands with the Alliance to End Hunger, United Nations Food and Agriculture, Oxfam America and many other organizations worldwide to promote World Food Day campaigns every October 16. By hosting dinners and sharing recipes, participants engage others to foster conversations about food sources and how the food system can be improved to make it more just and reliable for everyone.
It’s on the record that Buddha once said: “hunger is the worst kind of illness” and “the gift of food is the gift of life”. Every World Food Day, Buddhist Global Relief works to sponsor over ten walks in the USA and Canada as an act of commitment, meditation, and compassion.
The Presbyterian Hunger Program and its many partners around the world promote a full week of activities designed to create awareness and increased focus on actions to end world hunger. From Sunday to Sunday, Christians are called into action to create the world where food justice and food sovereignty is applied to all, raising consciousness about strategies to help individuals and communities combat hunger and poverty.
American Jewish World Service strongly believes in food justice for all and acts on this faith to inspire others into action. It creates educational materials for individuals and communities on how they can help to alleviate hunger in the developing world.