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World Food Day

October 16th annually

“Collective action across 150 countries is what makes World Food Day (WFD) one of the most celebrated days of the United Nations’ (UN) calendar. Hundreds of events and outreach activities bring together governments, businesses, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the media, and general public. They promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure healthy diets for all.” (FAO World Food Day 2020 Toolkit for Educators and Youth)

“World Food Day 2020 marked the 75th anniversary of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in an exceptional moment as countries around the world deal with the widespread effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s a time to look into the future we need to build together. Make #WorldFoodDay your day – share our messages, your actions or develop an activity, even if it has to be virtual.” (FAO World Food Day 2020 Toolkit for Educators and Youth)

For further information, see FAO World Food Day.

Download these resources World Food Day 2020 Activity Book and World Food Day 2020 Toolkit.

  • Ask your students who the real life food heroes are in their community. Learn more about food heroes in World Food Day 2020 Activity Book.
  • Participate in FAO’s World Food Day poster contest.
  • Learn about five ways Indigenous Peoples are helping the world achieve zero hunger.
  • On October 16, participate with your students in FAO’s World Food Day webcast.
  • Invite community partnerships to create gardens to grow food in the schoolyard (e.g. Loving Spoonful in Kingston).
  • Look at the footprint of food coming from different zones globally to our local grocery stores and actions the food companies are taking. Look at what one company is doing at Loblaw Carbon Reduction Strategy.
  • Search for local farmers’ markets and try to eat local foods for the day with your family.
  • Do a waste audit of your school through the ECOSchools program. Keep the focus on food waste!
  • Talk about the new Canada Food Guide and other food or health resources.
  • Look at the prices of, and access to, fresh foods in Northern Canada compared to those where you live! Or, if you live in a northern community, compare it to a large urban centre like Toronto. See Nunavut Food Price Survey.