It’s World Food Day

world food day_blog.jpgGlobally, we produce more food than ever but food security is still a pressing issue that needs a lasting solution. 

This year, World Food Day gives us an opportunity to appreciate our most basic needs while learning what really matters to us as a community.  

The COVID-19 global health crisis has been a time of uncertainty for everyone and for some, that means not knowing when they get to eat next. Making sure that everyone gets adequate and nutritious food every day is a struggle now, more than ever.  

For United Way, food security is one of our priorities this year. We believe that no one should worry where their next meal is coming from. We understand that the on-going pandemic has only made it more difficult to ensure members of our community are being fed. Agencies that used to provide meals are struggling, individuals are being laid off and families are going without food.  

With the Government of Canada and United Way Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund, we have invested $1.64 million in our region from the Malahat to Port Hardy.   A portion of this has been used to support, build and grow rural and remote food security programs.  

In our region, there are over 36 United Way-funded programs where the focus is improving Food security, including Food Skills for Families, Meals on Wheels Nanaimo, Good Food Box, and Youth Food Initiative.  

If you would like to read or watch a video about Schools Foundation a United Way-supported food program that provides breakfasts, lunches and snacks to around 650 students during the school year click on the link here: School Food Program Pivots Keep Students Fed During Pandemic   

This #worldfoodday marks the 75th anniversary of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and their main theme is “Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together”.  Join FAO and use hashtag #worldfoodday on your social media to raise awareness or recognize your #foodheros and show your support!  

Other ways to help:  

Give: Donate today! Your donation will help us improve the lives of more than 50,000 people this year! Every single dollar you donate is reinvested to help your community thrive. You can donate by mail, online or by phone.  

Learn: Read about the on-going issues in the food system by checking out FAO World Food Day

Get Involved: Volunteer at a local farm or food bank, start a food drive, write or call your elected officials about food policy, host a workplace campaign.