World Food Day for Families

Oxfam USA World Food Day is October 16. Oxfam works together to end poverty and injustice around the World.

World Food Day is a great opportunity to serve as a family!

Our planet produces enough food for everyone, yet nearly one billion of us (1 in every 7 people) still go to bed hungry.

Your family can make a difference!

 

How can your family be involved? 

Learn about the Grow Method

Visit the Grow Method Page and read the booklet Fight World Hunger Starting at Your Table as a family.

Write down a practical application for each category that your family can work on.

Our family choose the following:

  • Save Food: have a leftover night where we try to use any and all leftovers.
  • Shop Seasonal: visit our local farmer’s market to learn what food is seasonal.
  • Less Meat: weekly have a breakfast for dinner night with pancakes and fruit, or beans and rice.
  • Support Farmers: visit our local’s farmer’s market for produce.
  • Cook Smart: work as a family to plan our meals for each week.

Visit Pinterest (Look a great excuse!)

Oxfam GROW method is on pinterest here. Follow their board. Look through the recipes as a family and choose a few to try together.

Do you use Instagram?

Post a photograph on October 16 of your World Food Day dinner. Tag the photograph with #WFD2012 and your photo will join others around the world. Visit the Oxfam website to see photographs from around the world.

A World Food Day Dinner Discussion Guide: 

Oxfam has a printable World Food Day Dinner Discussion Guide here. Use this free resource to guide your dinner table discussion. After the kids go to bed, parents can continue the discussion.

A Children’s Book Resource:

Hungry Planet What the World Eats By: Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio

This book would be a great resource for a family story time after dinner. Beautiful photographs archive families all around the world surrounded by what they eat in a month’s time. Discuss the similarities and differences you recognize with each family.

Encourage: 

Praise your kids for taking time to make a difference as a family. Make sure they know their efforts combined with others, do make a profound difference!

Hunger is Not a Game

 

Some book series capture the attention of millions.  One book series that did just that was Harry Potter.  The Harry Potter Alliance’s Imagine Better Project was born out of its popularity.  The Alliance sought to use the momentum of popular culture and channel that energy into social change.

Their newest campaign is called Hunger is Not a Game from Suzanne Collin’s Hunger Games Series.

Check it out here: http://thehpalliance.org/imagine-better/hunger-is-not-a-game/

This is a fun way to get involved in causes that make a difference in the lives of others.  Their creativity of combining service with popular book series will also capture the attention of young adults in your life.

There are four main components of Hunger is Not a Game

  • Grow Campaign works with Oxfam America for legislation that helps stop corrupt ways of distributing food relief.
  • For the Water Games they partner with dosomething.org to work toward clean water in developing nations.
  • Hunger in the Districts looks at contributing to local food banks in the area you live in.
  • International Woman’s Day is their last initiative.  They are sharing readers tributes to fictional woman book characters that have inspired.  This initiative is in honor of the strong female lead in the Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen.

I will keep checking back to see what is new on the horizon in popular literature and cutting edge change!