World Food Day

I listened to a radio show recently about hungry children in New Mexico while I was cleaning out the refrigerator in order to put away groceries. I started to cry because I was throwing out food. I rationalized that at least the food was going to the compost pile where it would be eaten by squirrels, chipmunks, coyotes, deer and beer, but I feel helpless at this inequity. What can I do to help hungry people?

The reality of hunger can be hard to bear and it’s good news that there’s a new muppet on Sesame Street, Lily, a seven-year-old girl, whose family often struggles to get enough to eat. Lily is part of a Sunday special, “Growing Hope Against Hunger.

Sunday, October 16th is World Food Day USA, a worldwide event designed to raise awareness in order to help alleviate hunger. 36.3 million people in the US, approximately one in ten, live in households that experience hunger or are at risk for hunger. One in four USA children live in these households. One billion worldwide are hungry.

Here are some things you can do:

Host a Sunday Dinner and talk about hunger. Oxfam offers a Sunday Dinner Discussion Guide, which includes questions like, “Where does your food come from?” and “How is the global food system connected?

Get together and talk with others about how to help alleviate hunger in your area. Is it enough to have more food banks or do we need food trucks? People who can’t afford food can’t afford transportation, so how can we get food to the people who need it?

Review your own diet to see if you could eat more local food or more food in season. Learn about the Slow Food Movement. Some people have even committed to eating only food that is grown within 100 miles of them. Others, like Barbara Kingsolver and Bill McKibben, have experimented with eating only what they can grow and store from their own garden or buy close to home.

Check out the San Francisco Food Bank interactive tool, Hunger 101, in which you follow four hungry San Franciscans as they try to make ends meet.

Read Barbara Ehrenreich’s book, Nickled and Dimed. She chronicles her experience of trying to live on minimum wage.

Check out the World Food Day USA’s suggestions for educational materials and community action

Sign the I’m Mad as Hell petition on

Join me in remembering to say thank you every time we sit down to a meal.


Peggy O’Mara  (101 Posts)

Peggy O’Mara founded in 1995 and is currently its editor-in chief. She was the editor and publisher of Mothering Magazine from 1980 to 2011. The author of Having a Baby Naturally; Natural Family Living; The Way Back Home; and A Quiet Place, Peggy has lectured and conducted workshops at Omega Institute, Esalen, La Leche League International, and Bioneers. She is the mother of four.

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  1. Thanks for this reminder, Peggy. How is it even possible that I so regularly forget how privileged, how fortunate I am?

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