Celebrate World Food Day Everyday

October 21, 2015

While World Food Day 2015 was on October 16, it began back in 1945 when the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United States (FAO) was created – an important step in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. Now, every year on this day, the U.S. works toward the FAO’s clear cut objectives, including heightening public awareness of worldwide hunger, drawing attention to achievements in food and agricultural development and encouraging participation in decisions and activities that influence the fight against hunger[1].

Each year, World Food Day has a designated thematic topic, with 2015 focusing on Social Protection and Agriculture. This topic underlines the role social protection plays in reducing chronic food insecurity by ensuring direct access to food or the means to buy food. Additionally, this theme will highlight the vital role farmers have in feeding the planet and producing the energy to sustain life[2].

Here are a few ways our members are lending their hands in the fight against hunger:

  • ConAgra: ConAgra Foods and the ConAgra Foods Foundation continue to fight against childhood hunger in America by donating 325 million meals and $38 million over 20+ years to Feeding America[3].
  • Tyson: Tyson Foods’ “KNOW Hunger” campaign is focused on helping more people understand and join the effort to eliminate hunger in America. The company partners with Feeding America, Share Our Strength and Lift Up America to raise awareness and help feed the hungry across the nation. Since 2000, Tyson Foods has donated more than 100 million pounds of protein in the United States[4].
  • Luvo: Luvo teamed up with WhyHunger, an organization which truly understands that solving the hunger problem means doing a lot more than just providing more calories. In 2014, they donated over 75,000 nourishing entrées, tallying 150,000+ since their partnership began, and 2.8 percent of their total retail, vending and online sales to food banks in major cities across the U.S.[5]
  • Kraft/Heinz: Through partnerships with Stop Hunger Now and Feeding America, Kraft/Heinz has provided more than 2 billion servings of food to those in need[6].

 

Learn more about World Food Day, and find resources at FAO.org.


 

[1] http://www.fao.org/world-food-day/background/en/
[2] http://www.wfo-oma.com/news/the-theme-for-the-world-food-day-2015-will-be-social-protection-and-agriculture.html
[3] http://www.conagrafoods.com/commitment/2015-citizenship-report
[4] http://www.tysonfoods.com/Media/News-Releases/2015/09/Tyson-Celebrates-Donation-Milestone.aspx
[5] http://luvoinc.com/our-story/practices/giving-back/
[6] http://www.kraftheinzcompany.com/company.htm

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