Food is one of the 5 Basic Needs to survive and thrive. Every year World Food Day is observed on October 16 and is celebrated to raise awareness on the issue of hunger and healthy food habits for all. It marks the founding day of the Food and Agriculture Organisation(FAO). World Food Day is celebrated by organisations like the World Food Programme and the International Fund for Agriculture Development. But this year the day will be jointly be led by organisations like FAO, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the World Food Programme (WFP). According to the United Nations, this year’s events will take place in around 150 countries across the world with multiple partners and government involvement.
World Food Day 2021: History
Originally, the day was marked to celebrate the establishment of FAO in the year 1979, as recommended by former Hungarian minister of agriculture and food Dr. Pal Romany. Gradually, over a course of time, it led to raising awareness for hunger, malnutrition, sustainability, and food production.
World Food Day 2021: Significance
This day signifies the anniversary of the founding of the FAO of the United Nations. It also aims to tackle global hunger and eradicate hunger across the globe.
World Food Day 2021: Theme
The theme for World Food Day 2021 is “Safe food now for a healthy tomorrow”. The theme of this year is based on appreciating the individuals who have contributed to creating sustainable surroundings where no one is left hungry. Last year’s theme was based on the suffering of millions of people during the coronavirus pandemic. However, the threat is not over yet.
What can I do? What can parish community do to mark this day? Living in developed country where food is guaranteed, may give us the impression that we don’t care. Think about millions of children who are going to bed every night empty stomach. As individuals and communities let us strive not to waste food. Food is given by God through our labour.
Many people in our district face hunger and thirst. Our local vines do a lot in this field. Let us support vines. I hope there will be something planned for Christmas hamper. As I understand many parishioners who are overseas born are helping many in this area. All inquiries welcome if you wish to help underprivileged people.
Remember the word of Jesus himself at the last judgment scene, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you did it to me.”(MT 25:40b).
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”(1 Cor 10:31) Let’s be responsible eaters and sharers.
World Food Day 2021: Messages, and Quotes
Eating is not merely a material pleasure. Eating well gives us a chance to give joy to life and contributes immensely to goodwill and happy companionship. It is of great importance to morale.
There is no loyal love more than the love of food.
Food. It’s not only about nutrients and calories. It’s about sharing. It’s about honesty. It’s about identity.
Feeding the World: Happy World Food Day!
Some people don’t even realize the fact that they are wasting their time in insignificant things and ignoring their l lives i.e. FOOD!!!
“There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.” – Winston Churchill
“Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts!” – James Beard
“Your diet is a bank account. Good food choices are good investments” – Bethenny Frankel.
“Humor keeps us alive. Humor and food. Don’t forget food. You can go a week without laughing.” Joss Whedon