As you may have heard, October 16 is International World Food Day. This day, put in place by the United Nations, aims to advocate for action against hunger. Honoring this commitment, we decided to put together some facts on why it is important to act on hunger now.
Did you know….
World Food Day was first established in 1979 by the United Nations.
This day was meant to symbolize a day of action against hunger. Currently, there are around 805 million people in this world who do not have enough food to eat. World Food Day aims to cut this number drastically.
Currently, 40 countries have already achieved the first target, to halve the proportion of people who suffer from hunger by the year 2015. Over the past 20 years, the likelihood of a child dying before the age of five has been nearly cut in half, which means about 170,000 children are saved every day. Also, extreme poverty rates have been cut in half since 1990.
Still there is work to be done, as one in six children in the developing world are underweight. Join us in celebrating World Food Day so that we can assure that one day, no child will ever have to go hungry.
For more information on how to promote awareness for World Food Day, visit https://www.worldfooddayusa.org/