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World Food Day brings attention to food security around the globe
Date:10/10/2008

Food Security: From Local to Global, will be the focus of the Society for Nutrition Education's 2009 annual conference, but this single event is just one small step in fighting world hunger. Food security remains a top priority around the world and requires immediate attention in order to combat the issues of poverty, poor nutrition, hunger and deficiencies. The Society for Nutrition Education (SNE) encourages its members and the public to get involved and make a difference in their own communities.

World Food Day (WFD) is a worldwide event designed to increase awareness, understanding and informed, year-around action to alleviate hunger. It is observed each October 16 in recognition of the founding of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 1945. The first World Food Day was in 1981. In the United States the endeavor is sponsored by 450 national, private and voluntary organizations.

Although there are events taking place year-round, World Food Day brings light to other ways you can get involved and help on this historic day. Please review the list below for ideas provided by the FAO.

  • Awareness - provide a briefing on the issues for the media; promote WFD.

  • Understanding - work with schools and colleges; plan a community seminar.

  • Information - help in coordinating a research project on community food security.

  • Support - hold a fund raiser for local and/or international projects.

  • Advocacy - seek policy commitments from public officials (or candidates).

  • Networking - use WFD to bring together people, ideas and resources.

  • Year-Around Action - seek to involve people in on-going service/support.

  • Impact - devise a means to measure the year-to-year progress you are making; consider World Food Day the "annual meeting" for hunger activists

FAO advises that many events are already planned for this day. To learn how you can get involved in your
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Contact: Amanda Cook
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