In these times, the majority of the world is able to take it for granted – the availability of food. However, there are still some 800 Million people who do not get enough to eat – for various reasons – and World Food Day, sponsored by the United Nations, is meant to draw attention to the fact that there’s still lots of work to be done to achieve Zero Hunger.
In many places around the world, hunger means no food, it means starvation – literally. In the US, hunger is a health issue. People facing hunger usually get enough calories, but they get the wrong calories – junk calories – that lead to any number of diet related health issues – diabetes, obesity, cancer, heart disease and more.
Hunger can be caused by drought, by politics, by natural disasters, by lack of knowledge and bad habits. It’s complex. In the US – it’s primarily marked by lack of access to healthy food. The rates of obesity and diabetes among people who are food insecure are depressingly high, simply due to their consumption of unhealthy food.
What can you do? Think global and act local. Sponsor a #GiveHealthy food drive to raise healthy food for your favorite food pantry or bank.
What else can you do? SAVE THE DATE!
If you are in the NYC metro area – the annual City Harvest – Daily News drive kicks off on October 24, 2023. We make it easy for organizations to raise healthy food for the largest annual food drive in the Big Apple. Get going here.