Action against Hunger World Food Day
October 16, 2001


What is World Food Day?

World Food Day, now in its 21st year, is observed worldwide. Chosen to mark the founding of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on October 16, 1945, the WFD message has always been “working together works.” World Food Day allows organizations and organizers to increase awareness, understanding and year-round action on the critical issue of hunger.
What if there were no World Food Day?
  • There would be fewer food and fund collections
  • A unique event to get the attention of policymakers would be gone
  • Schools would have fewer lessons and service projects
  • This united voice for a sustainable and equitable food system would be silenced
  • A universal occasion to work together to make a difference would be gone
Why does World Food Day work?
  • Because it is an opportunity to work together around common goals
  • Because so many can be a part of it – individuals, organizations, schools, communities, nations
  • Because people care enough to make it work
  • Because with 800 million people hungry when there is enough food produced to feed everyone, we do not have the luxury of overlooking any opportunity to make a difference
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