Lets look at the history of World Hunger Day, and the ways that you can contribute to ending hunger.
Its strange that World Hunger Day falls on the same day as Hamburger Day. One a celebration of excess, and the other is the complete opposite. Hunger kills more people across the world than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined, so lets spare a thought for those less fortunate than ourselves, especially as there is currently increased risk of hunger and poverty in vulnerable communities – internationally and domestically – due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to The Hunger Project, who set up World Hunger Day, ending hunger is possible when we empower people to become their own agents of change, lifting themselves–and their communities– out of hunger and poverty for the long term.
The solution to hunger is not about hand-outs and a top-down approach, but a bottom-up approach that starts with the people, works with local government and mobilises communities to take self-reliant actions.
How can I contribute to World Hunger Day?
- Tell you friends, family and colleagues about World Hunger Day.
- Use the hashtag #WorldHungerDay to spread the word.
- Visit the official World Hunger Day website to find out more and make a donation.
- Donate to your local food bank. Supermarkets often have areas that you can donate.
- Its not just humans that go hungry. Feed the birds in your garden. Every little helps.
- Don’t waste your own food. Only buy what you need so you don’t have to throw any valuable food away.
- Volunteer at your local soup kitchen or homeless shelter (when its safe to do so).