What’s the first thing you do in the morning after you wash up and get dressed? Hmm, maybe check your e-mails, social feeds, or meditate? Well, besides that – if you’re as fortunate as I am, you probably head to the kitchen and grab some breakfast to start your day.
Peanut butter toast, a banana, and coffee are the staples in my routine for breakfast on-the-go and it sure makes a difference when it’s time to focus.
Eating breakfast is greater than not eating breakfast. And if you’re mindful of your weight, breakfast is a surefire way to boost your metabolism.
But we’re not talking so much about breakfast today or even weight control. We’re talking about food. Imagine going about your day uncertain where and when your next meal is coming. It’s undoubtedly a sobering thought, especially when we, as a country throw away about half of the food we produce!
Today is World Food Day – a day to be celebrated and educated and the perfect day to support others in the world who are going without what we enjoy daily.
By: Elizabeth Toy
Since 1945, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations designated today – October 16 – as World Food Day.
World Food Day was established as a way to bring awareness that many still suffer from hunger and food instability in the world. More than 150 countries in the world celebrate World Food Day by organizing events to help the hungry.
Even though the world produces more than enough food to feed everyone, more than 800 million people still suffer from hunger. 60% of these people are women.
Meanwhile, more than 1.9 billion people in the world are overweight. So, the distribution of food is obviously unbalanced.
The Goal: #ZeroHunger
As of 2015, 72 of the 129 countries have already achieved the target of cutting in half the number of people who suffer from hunger.
Because climate change is a real thing, one of the first resources affected is agriculture. This year’s theme for World Food Day is: Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development.
To combat hunger, FAO is working with governments to collect evidence about migration patterns and is addressing migration through rural development policies to promote sustainable growth.
Plain and simple – the less distance your food needs to travel to get to you, the less pollution it causes. Help stop climate change. Eat locally. Help Globally.
In light of the recent disaster caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, one way to support the ultimate goal of World Food Day is to give back in any way we can. Only through community support are the efforts made possible. And every single person can have an impact.
“With food being severely limited in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Ricans In Action started working with our partner, and fiscal sponsor, Cooking With Gabby to ensure access to nutritionally-rich food for families and children on the island. Our partnership has made this a high-priority, and in the following week we will be sending 15,000 pounds to Puerto Rico, so please consider amplifying our food relief efforts by donating.”
Click here to find out more about how to help or donate.
What if the shoe was on the other foot? Have you personally endured a natural disaster? What was the greatest obstacle and the most helpful aid you received? Share with us in the comments!