After a period of decline, world hunger is on the rise again—over 815 million people are going to bed with an empty stomach.
Conflict and extreme weather events linked to climate change are reversing progress made in the fight against hunger and malnutrition.
Now is the time to get back on track to achieve zero hunger. By investing in agriculture in vulnerable communities, we can help small-scale farmers adopt sustainable farming techniques, improve food security and nutrition, and help build the resilience of poor, rural communities.
The need is vast, but we come with open hands, bringing what we can to Christ’s table.
October 16—World Food Day—is a day to raise awareness and action for those who struggle against hunger and malnutrition.
Facts About Hunger
- 80% of the world’s poor live in rural areas, where people’s lives depend on agriculture, fisheries or forestry.
- In 2017, climate disasters triggered food crises in 23 countries and pushed about 39 million people into acute food insecurity.
- More than half of the number of the world’s hungry people—489 million—are living in conflict zones.
- $0.26 of every $100 of Canada’s gross national income goes toward ending global poverty and hunger, which is about half the amount given by like-minded countries.
Together, We Respond to Hunger
PWS&D works with Canadian Foodgrains Bank and our partners overseas to help people in developing countries rise above hunger. PWS&D programs provide farmers with seeds, tools, fertilizer and training in organic, sustainable farming practices that increase crop yields and build resilience to environmental changes. Programs also teach families to improve dietary diversity and prepare nutritious meals. In times of emergency, PWS&D provides food aid and agricultural livelihood recovery. We also work to engage Canadians in taking action within Canada to reduce hunger globally.
Ten ways you can help end hunger:
- Download copies of PWS&D’s new World Food Day bulletin insert.
- Pray, Give, Learn, Advocate: Use the Canadian Foodgrains Bank World Food Day worship resource, Open Hands (with sermon starters, prayers, scripture readings, children’s resources and an advocacy campaign).
- Make a donation to PWS&D or host a fundraising event to support our programs that teach sustainable farming techniques and provide food assistance to families in need.
- Through the Africa Relief appeal, respond to an unprecedented number of people across the African continent, displaced by violence and disaster, and in need of food aid, nutrition support and other items for survival.
- Participate in the I Care campaign and sign a postcard to the prime minister to show that you support Canada’s role in helping to end global hunger and poverty.
- Take the Sunday School Challenge and help families in Guatemala have food for the future.
- Teach youth about global hunger and food security with our educational resource Growing Hope Around the World.
- Engage children about sharing our gifts to end hunger by using the feature, Small Seeds.
- Get together with members of your community or congregation to start or support a growing project.
- Read more about PWS&D’s projects that are helping people rise above hunger.
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World Food Day Bulletin Insert 2018
Open Hands: World Food Day Worship Resource 2018
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.