About World Food Day
World Food Day is observed in more than 150 countries each year on October 16. The Lord has blessed us with an abundance of resources. Learning about where our food comes from, why so many people are hungry, what responsibility we have as Christians, and what practical opportunities there are to help those who are hungry softens our hearts and reminds us to be grateful for every meal.
Every day nearly one billion people face hunger. Drought, storms, violent conflict, spikes in energy prices and other crises can push basic food prices beyond the reach of those living in extreme poverty even when they are able to find work. World Food Day is an opportunity to be grateful and to prayerfully consider what we can do to help alleviate hunger.
Possible World Food Day Activities
- Share a meal with family or church small group. (Get free materials.)
- Organize a church-wide dinner.
- Fast a meal and ask God what he would have you do about those who are hungry.
- Teach a Sunday school lesson on caring for the poor. (Download a free lesson guide.)
- Find out what your church is doing for the poor locally and globally, and volunteer to help!
- Support nonprofits that work to alleviate hunger with financial contributions, time and prayer.
- Plant a community garden.
- Buy from local farmers and markets.
- Volunteer at a local food center.
- Read "When Helping Hurts" by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert.
- Consider a career in teaching. Contact Teach for America for information on non-traditional paths to becoming a teacher.
- Join the Micah Challenge to encourage the United States and other countries to adopt policies that will cut extreme poverty in half by 2015.
- Support the USAID initiative "Every Child Deserves a Fifth Birthday" and post your picture!