NOTE: This post is one day late because I was on the road for business with my husband and forgot all about the date. I was focused on his birthday today instead. So apologies, but there is still the rest of this month and year to make an effort to help the hungry.
In the October issue of Real Simple Magazine I found this information that they gleaned from the National Resource Defense Council. I receive some of NRDC’s material but had nothing on World Food Day, so I Googled them and there is an entire article by Dana Gungers of the NRDC entitled “Wasted: How America is Losing Up to 40 %of its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill.” (www.nrdc.org/food/files/wasted-ip.pdf).
This is another side of ending hunger, that is, wasting less. If each household could cut down on its own food waste, that could feed up some funds to purchase food to donate to your local food pantry. The magazine article gave a website to help the underserved: (family-to-family.org). I just checked out the website & it is definitely worth investigating if helping the hungry is on your To Do list.
Here are some ideas on how to save on your food budget so you can donate food or money to people in need:
1. Use peels, ends and tops of root veggies to make soup stock.
2. Take only what you think you can eat at a salad bar, restaurant, or at home.
3. If possible, compost your veggie scraps that are not suitable for soup stock and use it for gardening.
4. Join a CSA (a group of farmers who sell their produce to people who sign up) to promote family farmers & local produce.
5. Be more conscious of what and how much you are buying to cut down on waste.
According to the NRDC article printed in Real Simple, 1/3 of the food produced in the U.S. is thrown away each year, UNEATEN! That’s an incredible amount of food that could be used to feed those who go hungry every day!
Photo taken in Rome in honor of World Food Day,which is an international event organized by FAO & the World Food Program each Oct. 16th, the founding date of the FAO. (Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations). “It aims at drawing attention to the over one billion people that suffer from malnutrition. It consists essentially of a large congress and includes public events in Rome and in the entire world. SAVE FOOD (See link at end of sentence) will participate at the World Food Day FAO in Rome.” (Source: www.save-food.org/world-food-day.php)