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Food & Hunger

3 Inspiring Stories to Celebrate World Food Day

This article was contributed in support of World Vision in honor of World Food Day. Image courtesy World Vision. 

It's World Food Day on October 16 and we’re inviting you to join us in celebrating through the month of October!

Food is wonderful. It engages all our senses. It plays several roles in our lives. It brings people together. It sustains us and comforts us. It’s the center of various of our celebrations. Many of us show our love through the food we cook and feel loved when someone cooks us our favorite meal.

We all love food, and we all need food. Unfortunately, 795 million people – 1 out of every 9 people worldwide – do not have enough to eat. Nearly 20 million children are severely malnourished.

We can change this. We believe a hunger free world is possible – a world where everyone has enough food for today and for tomorrow.

Throughout the month of October, you can share a meal with someone in your community, whether at home, at a big dinner party or at a restaurant. Then make that meal more meaningful by donating the cost or part of the cost of the meal to help create a hunger-free world with World Vision.

Nothing beats good food and good people and sharing a Meaningful Meal gives you the opportunity to do both. Learn more here.

In celebration of World Food Day, we've gathered three videos that explain HungerFree, it’s projects, and someone who has personally benefited from being a part of a HungerFree program. So without further adieu, here’s your one-stop shop for showing HungerFree at your dinner party!

Sustainable Fish Farms In South Sudan 

The approach is more scientific than anything the South Sudanese communities had done before. The species raised - Tilapia - grows rapidly and can be easily cared for by youth or other trained community members. And now they can generate income that impacts their whole life, not just their hunger. 

It takes the concept of teaching a man to fish to a whole new level. 

Teach a man to fish, and he eats for a day. Teach a man to grow fish, and he eats for a lifetime.

How Feeding the Hungry Works 

We believe a hungerfree world is possible – where everyone has enough food for today and for tomorrow. World Vision’s HungerFree is a global movement that unites people together to ensure everyone has the nutritious food they need today and the skills and resources they need to be hungerfree for a lifetime.

Helped by the HungerFree Movment, This Man Aspires to Dance and Become and Electrician

A Kenyan boy born to a mother struggling to provide for her children, Washington’s young life has been marked by poverty. His story is the story of many other young people in Kenya, where around 10-15 million people suffer from chronic food insecurity and some 7.5 million people live in extreme poverty. 

Moving a sheet pinned to a string that serves as his front door, he shows the home his mother made for him and his siblings, optimistically describing what he calls their “poor life situation” as “not very good.” They ate one, maybe two meals a day.

The dancing optimist caught a break when World Vision sponsorship gave him and his siblings a chance to go to school. He decided he wanted to become an electrician in order to give back to his family, especially his mother, who worked so diligently to provide for her children during Washington’s young life.

Washington is a young man full of potential, like so many other Kenyan youth, who simply haven’t had the opportunity to excel. 

Make this month sweeter by following our #HungerFree as we learn how food is celebrated around the world, engage in our communities, and make steps towards creating a world that is hunger-free for life!