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WHEN FOOD ISN’T JUNK: WORLD FOOD DAY

In our lives, many of us have the privilege to be able to ask ourselves , “What should I eat today?” as we consider how we should fuel our bodies and minds.

With too little time to prepare or leave our desks to get meals; an overwhelming number of options to choose from ; or just not being sure what we “feel like eating” at any given time – those of us fortunate enough to ponder this to question are usually at one end of the spectrum of access to food resources. According to the World Food Programme, there are almost 795 million people in the world who are considered undernourished and who do not have enough food to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. That’s 1 in 9 people in the world.

October 16 has become globally recognized as World Food Day (#WFD2015) and represents a call to action against unbalanced access to resources and food. Today, the discourse has expanded to include conversations about food education, agricultural practices, and social protection – with the recognition that ending world hunger requires a multidisciplinary approach and participation by a number of different industries.

What’s most important, is to not forget that every individual can have an impact on the situation. That impact can come from open discussions, donating funds and goods, driving awareness with local and national events, or supporting policies for change. At the simplest level, here are some ideas on how you can create space to take action in two important areas of your life:

At home

A huge component of World Food Day is driving awareness about how our food is created, sourced and how it nourishes us. Start at home and create impact through conversations and actions with your children, family, and friends. Clear your cupboards with items you can donate to a local food bank, talk to your kids about food waste, decide on ways to eat healthy with your partner and even consider growing vegetables at home or at a local community garden with your friends.

At work

Amplify the impact of your actions by encouraging or driving your colleagues to participate in creating positive change – and get your colleagues to work together. Ken Olsen, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Franchise Owner of Long Island, New York, is a big advocate of food drives and expresses the importance of making it “an all year effort, and not just a holiday time function.” It’s a great way for colleagues to connect while supporting your local community. Olsen’s advice for businesses wanting to host a food drive: “Select a high quality and known food charity to partner with and reach out to your local radio stations and ask about public service advertising..” to really drive big success.  

 

Working towards ending hunger in the world is a huge task, but it’s worth remembering that even making a difference for one person, one day, makes a difference.

 

Do you have any advice to share?

 

Renee Janzen is the Marketing Manager for 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. Fueled by a passion for people, creativity and productivity, she is a marketer by trade, event planner by nature, and excitable traveler and photographer on the weekends. Connect with Renee on Twitter.

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