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World Hunger Day: Fight World Hunger Starting At Your Kitchen Table

Chronic hunger. Malnutrition. Global food emergencies. Restricted food access. Building a better food system. These are some of the issues that prompted the initiation of World Food Day, a day of action against hunger around the world.

 

When each of us does our part we can end the needless suffering of nearly a billion people worldwide.

 

Wait a minute–you are just 1 person—can you really make a difference?

 

I am glad you asked! 🙂

 

One of the biggest ways that you can fight world hunger is by starting at your own kitchen table. The choices that you make in buying, preparing, and even eating and storing foods can help to change the hunger problems in other areas globally.

 

A great resource that you can use to get started is the GROW method.

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The Grow Method is a global campaign by Oxfam America whose mission is to help build a better global food system; using the belief that small efforts add up. Take a look:

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That’s right—by putting 5 simple principles into practice at your kitchen table, you can save money, energy, and food, all while supporting small farmers and help grow more food around the world for people who need it most:

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Save Food

  • Store food in ways that will help it to last longer—that way you will throw less food away
  • Save leftover and eat them (at both home and restaurants)
  • Plan Meals Ahead—this helps you to buy only what you need while at the store

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Shop Seasonal

  • Learn More about in-season foods, and plan meals based around them.
  • Grow your own fruits and vegetables

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Less Meat

  • Commit to making one meat-free meal at least once per week.
  • Seek non-dairy alternatives for recipes that call for dairy products

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Support Farmers

  • Instead of a large grocery chain, shop at a farmer’s market in your area

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Cook Smart

  • When cooking with water, add just enough to cover your food instead of filling the pan to the top. Cover pots with a lid and reduce heat once water is at a boil.
  • Turn off or unplug kitchen appliances when not in use

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By taking these practical, positive actions at home and encouraging your family and friends to do the same, you are working towards eliminating world hunger everywhere by helping to conserve resources so that everyone has enough food to eat for generations to come.

 

 

You can fight world hunger in other ways, too. Here’s how:

 

  • Visit WorldFoodDayUSA.org and OxfamAmerica.org to learn more or make a donation
  • Host a World Food Day dinner in your home to share the GROW Method with your family and friends
  • Download the World Food Day Discussion Guide
  • Find GROW Method recipes on Pinterest
  • Connect with World Food Day on Facebook and Twitter
  • Connect with Oxfam America on Facebook and Twitter or  Text OXFAM to 30644 for SMS updates (message and data rates may apply)

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I am a proud member of the Global Team of 200, a highly specialized group of members of Mom Bloggers for Social Good that concentrates on issues involving women and girls, children, world hunger and maternal health.

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Makeba Giles is a Digital Content Producer and Founder of Faith Health and Home, a digital space with information and resources for physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being to help families live an inspired lifestyle.

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Dadblunders

Some really smart tips to help fight hunger. I know we always make an effort to try and buy locally if at all possible. We also make an effort to try and not have leftovers by adjusting recipes to make less.

Aaron

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Reply to  Dadblunders

Greetings Aaron! Kudos to you for implementing strategies in your household to help fight world hunger! Keep up the great work, as every effort makes a big difference. ~Thank you so much for sharing here with me! 🙂

DjRelAt7

i am going to look for local farmers market, i have been meaning to do that but have yet to do so. the number of people who might be going hungry is a very scary number.

Makeba Giles
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Reply to  DjRelAt7

Greetings DjRelAt7! Farmer’s markets are the best! You will find so much value! Good luck in your search for one in your area! Thank you so much for sharing here with me! 🙂

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