World Food Day, to be observed Oct. 16, is a worldwide event designed to increase awareness, understanding and informed, year-around action to alleviate hunger. It is observed each October 16th in recognition of the founding of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in 1945.
The first World Food Day was in 1981. In the United States, the endeavor is sponsored by 450 national and private voluntary organizations.
World Food Day planning is done at the community level. Individual groups can hold a special event, but the most successful observances happen when organizers work together with affiliates of national sponsors.
2009 will be the 29th observance of World Food Day. In every community there are people already involved; the challenge is to coordinate community planning and increase what happens.
Here are objectives of WFD and some suggested activities.
Increase Awareness -- provide a briefing on the issues for the media; promote WFD.
Increase Understanding -- work with schools and colleges; plan a community seminar.
Increase Information -- help in coordinating a research project on community food security.
Increase Support -- hold a fund raiser for local and/or international projects
Increase Advocacy -- seek policy commitments from public officials (or candidates).
Increase Networking -- use WFD to bring together people, ideas and resources.
Increase Year-Around Action-- seek to involve people in on-going service/support.
Increase Impact -- devise a means to measure the year-to-year progress you are making; consider World Food Day the "annual meeting" for hunger activists.