Today is World Food Day

Posted by: samy October 16, 2011 No Comments

October 16 is World Food Day.  According to the World Bank upwards of 70-million people are facing extreme poverty.  
But it’s not just people living in other areas of the world that are facing life-threatening food shortages.  Right here in Canada, nearly 900-thousand people relied on Food Banks in March 2010. That’s an almost 20% increase since 2000. 
Most of the people who turned to food banks were families with kids.  In fact, according to Food Banks Canada, 38% of of those fed were children and youth under 18 years old.
It’s startling to me how we can let this happen.  I’m lucky enough to work in a field surrounded by good and high quality food and wine; yet in a house next door or down the street, there’s a very real possibility a child has gone to bed hungry.  That’s just not right. 
The statistics are grim and sad — but they don’t have to be.  Dozens of organizations are helping make a difference, and they’re making it easy for you to help, too.  Oxfam Canada, for one, is challenging Canadians from now until October 22 to share a meal with friends or family made from organic, local or fair trade ingredients.  The idea is to get people talking.
Of course, talking alone won’t solve the problem, but it’s a good way to understand where that can of soup you just just dropped in the food bin is going and who it’s helping.  
For more information check out these websites:
Oxfam Canada
Food Banks Canada
Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

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