World Food Day: United Against Hunger

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This Saturday was the 30th anniversary of World Food Day organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization, a body of the United Nations.  The theme this year is United Against Hunger.

Many governments, including Canada’s, have signed onto a variety of UN declarations and charters that stress the necessity of access to good food as a human right.  These include the Universal Declaration of  Human Rights and the Rome Declaration.

On a local level, as I blogged last week, food and hunger is in the news a lot lately.  But also shining through is the massive undertaking that community groups, individuals and businesses are a part of to help alleviate the problem of food insecurity.

As some recent coverage out of Hamilton details (here – just click on the second video) there are some obvious obstacles to overcome but a lot of effort goes into helping people each day.  Each day of the week volunteers all across the country collect, sort, stock and distribute donations of food to people in need.  At our program alone each day about 15 to 20 people come to our warehouse on Guelph Street to help an average of 136 families and individuals in need.  They do it with an infinite amount of kindness and generosity because they want to help.

So how can we stand united against hunger?  You can sign the petition to the UN here for starters.

You can also volunteer at any number of local community groups by visiting the Volunteer Action Centre to find a volunteer placement that matches your schedule.  Alternatively you can check out this list of the many places that offer food assistance locally. We are always looking for volunteers too by the way – click here for more details.

One of the best things you do is to keep informed about food and hunger issues and talk about them.  The problem of food insecurity is largely invisible.  It may pop up a few times a year, like now, but the rest of the year it slips off the agenda and out of people’s minds.  Elections are a good time to raise these issues as well, but as I just pointed out, hunger still hangs around between elections. You can write letters to the editor or just call up your local councillor, member of provincial parliament or federal MP to let them know what you think and see what their vision is to make hunger disappear.

And of course, you can donate to help people in the short term.   The Food Bank of Waterloo Region, as well as the House of Friendship always accept donations of non perishable food items.  Click here for House of Friendship or here for information on how you can donate to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region.

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