Food, glorious food! We’re anxious to try it. Three banquets a day — Our favourite diet!”
We are sure that you are all familiar with the famous lyrics from Oliver!, and we’re sure you can all relate to them too! After all, who doesn’t love some good ol’ grub? From pizza to pasta, cookies to cakes, and all of the good stuff in between, there are so many amazing dishes and ingredients for us to indulge in today, and World Food Day celebrates them all.
World Food Day is not only about celebrating the amazing food that we have the privilege of indulging in, but it is about raising awareness for people who do not have such privilege. There are people all over the world who are suffering from hunger. Starvation is a massive problem in a number of countries, and we need to do more to raise awareness and combat this problem. It seems crazy that we live in a world whereby a large portion of the population can indulge in any sort of food they wish without a second thought while others struggle to put food on the table.
We can also use World Food Day to raise awareness about healthy diets and what our bodies need. In recent times, education has grown about healthy diets and what foods are good and bad for our bodies, but we are not there yet! World Food Day gives us a great opportunity to further education and awareness in this area.
There are a number of different themes that have been attributed to World Food Day over the years. We definitely recommend checking out the theme each year so that you can base your activities on this date on the theme in question. For example, some of the themes there have been in the past include; “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too”, “Social Protection and Agriculture: Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty”, and “Feeding the world, caring for the earth”, which was based on family farming.