Today is World Food Day, a day of action dedicated to tackling world hunger, founded by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations in 1945. Each year on the 16th of October, FAO promotes world food day with aims to promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all. Over 150 countries host events to support and celebrate this day, making it the most celebrated day in the UN calendar.
The focus of the day is that food is a basic and fundamental human right. Nonetheless, in a world of billions, 805 million people worldwide live with chronic hunger, 60% of those being women and almost five million children under the age of five die of malnutrition-related causes every-day. This year the World Food Day theme is focused on showing their commitment to the Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG Zero Hunger) to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture by 2030.
Here are several ways we can take action locally to contribute to achieving zero hunger, tackling food poverty and food security.
- Foodbanks: Chelmsford has 8 foodbanks in total that are supported by the Trussell Trust Network to supply emergency food to those in need. You can support these foodbanks by volunteering or donating food. https://chelmsford.foodbank.org.uk/about/. You can also find any other local foodbank on here https://www.trusselltrust.org/get-help/find-a-foodbank/.
- Olio: Join the Olio community by downloading their app that connects communities with surplus food and other household items that can be shared. “If you love food and hate waste or want to connect with your community, OLIO is for you”. https://olioex.com/. This app allows you to upload a post for any food or house item that you would like to give away to locals.
- Shop Smart: Overbuying food can lead to a lot of food waste. Up to a third of all food is spoiled or squandered before it is consumed by people. Wasted food represents a waste of the labour, water, energy, land and other inputs that went into producing that food product. So, to avoid this, make meal plans and detailed food shopping list.
- Save those leftovers: Make sure you save uneaten food when you either cook too much or you get too much food at a restaurant. Label your leftovers so you can keep track of how long they’ve been in your fridge or freezer, and incorporate them into your daily or weekly routine.
- Storing food correctly: Learning to store food in the right place is essential to saving money and keeping yourself and your family safe. Food stored in the right way will also allow food to stay fresh than if it were stored incorrectly. The NHS Livewell website provides information on how to store your food. You can find out more information on here http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/homehygiene/Pages/how-to-store-food-and-leftovers-safely.aspx