World Food Day 2022

The Lempert Report
October 14, 2022

Phil: So, Sally, this weekend is a very special day for food. Tell us about it. 

Sally: It is Phil. This weekend is World Food Day, which is an international day celebrated on October 16th worldwide to commemorate the founding of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in 1945. The goal of this event happening this Sunday is to raise awareness around hunger which affects millions of people who don’t have access to healthy food. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization reports that enough food is grown and made to today to feed the world, and yet, still many are left behind. This year’s theme centers around the concept that “our actions are our future.” And as we have recently seen with the efforts of the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health, the call to build a sustainable world where everyone counts now relies on the government and the private sector working together to prioritize nutrition and equity. We strongly urge food business and individuals to continually evaluate and enrich efforts that lead to more sustainable systems, increase availability and affordability of nutritious food, limit and redirect waste, and invest in employees. You can visit the Food and Agriculture Organization’s website for ways you can take action. 

Phil: And also, I'm very happy that you brought up the White House because over the weekend I was just reading everything in depth. And there's so many great companies, retailers, CPG companies, organizations that have really committed to feeding the hungry, whether it's through food banks or on their own. And it's a great initiative, and I just hope that we can keep this going and, you know, there's a lot of momentum. So what we need to do is just continuing it, folks. Let's not forget that they convened once and not do it for another 50 years. Let's keep it going.