MAKE A DIFFERENCE: WORLD FOOD DAY #ZEROHUNGER CAMPAIGN
You are what you eat. And if thats true, then today I’m everything from pizza to apples. But jokes aside, I know that what I feed my body is extremely important. Both my body and mind needs proper fuel to function properly, and that fuel comes from a well-rounded diet and lots of water. And when I don’t fuel my body properly, I can definitely feel the difference.
It’s hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that global hunger is a thing. And even saying that doesn’t really demonstrate how bad the problem is. Over 820 million people around the world are suffering from chronic undernourishment. These rising numbers of malnutrition around the world can be contributed to various things like conflict, rural economies, and climate change. It’s hard to imagine that in our modern world that so many people do not have access to adequate and healthy food, especially when some of us have more food than me we need. Imagine the number of lives that would be saved through proper access to healthy food.
Today (October 16th) is World Food Day. Every year there is a different theme and this year the United Nations is focusing on the #zerohunger campaign. This campaign works to end the current global hunger crisis. If you want to help make a difference to end global hunger there are some easy things you can do. This World Food Day start changing your habits so that we can get closer to ending the global food crisis.
SAVE THOSE LEFTOVERS
Going out to eat is always a treat. But what happens when you can’t finish that food? Don’t let it go to waste! Americans waste over 150,000 tons of food per day! You can always order a smaller amount to reduce the possibility of creating food waste. But if you do have food left-over take it home to finish later on. And if you happen to see a homeless person on your way home offer them your left-overs.
Part of the global hunger crisis is that some people have enough food but aren’t nourishing their bodies properly. Eating healthy is important for your body. Feed your body properly and share nutritious recipes with friends and family.
DONATE OR VOLUNTEER
There are plenty of non-profits/NGO’s that focus on feeding people around the world. So feel free to google and research a non-profit that you feel comfortable donating to. But you can also volunteer at a local food bank/distribution center. These centers are often dependent on volunteers to help get food out quickly and safely to the people that need them. I’ve volunteered with Feeding America and it’s so rewarding (and so easy) to help give back. You can check their website to find a local bank near you.
I hope this World Food Day that you join the #zerohunger campaign and take the pledge to help ender the global hunger crisis.
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