October 13 is Thanksgiving Day.
October 16 is World Food Day – a day designated to increase awareness of world hunger and poverty, and to inspire solutions for change.
The season of autumn provides a time to reflect on the ways that we have been blessed, and to give thanks for all of God’s good gifts. As we harvest crops and enjoy large meals with our families, we also remember the global struggle against hunger and malnutrition.
Facts About Hunger
God created the earth to sustain us all. However, hunger and malnutrition persist today, and the effects of climate change are making it even harder for people to feed themselves.
- There is enough food in the world to feed everyone, yet over 870 million people do not have enough to eat. Globally, that is one in seven people.
- At least 70% of the people who regularly go to bed hungry live in rural areas of developing countries. It is often smallholder farmers who produce food that are the most food insecure.
- Malnutrition is sometimes referred to as “hidden hunger” because a person can be consuming enough calories but lack essential nutrients.
- Children who do not get enough food or nutrients are at a higher risk for stunting and disease. A third of all deaths of children under five in developing countries are linked to under-nutrition.
Help End Hunger!
PWS&D works with Canadian Foodgrains Bank and our partners overseas to help farmers in developing countries to overcome hunger and ensure there is enough for all. We also work to engage Canadians in taking actions within Canada to reduce hunger globally.
The resources in this package will call your church into a time of praise and thanksgiving, and will invite you to respond with thankfulness as we think about those around the world who don’t have enough to eat.
World Food Day Bulletin Insert 2014
Thanksgiving & World Food Day Worship Resource
PWS&D is a member of Canadian Foodgrains Bank, a coalition of 15 church-based agencies working together with the common goal of eliminating global hunger.