From our friends at National IPL:
This Sunday, October 16 is World Food Day. For generations, faith-based organizations and people of faith have been a huge force in giving and raising funds to reduce hunger around the world. Now more than ever, we know that solving hunger and food insecurity also means being a responsible steward of Creation and of our resources.
According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, approximately one-third of all food is lost or wasted worldwide. In the U.S. up to 40% of the food produced is wasted, equaling more than 20 pounds of food per person per month!
All the while, millions around the world and here in our own country go hungry. Last year over 12% of U.S. households did not have regular access to enough food, and 6.4 million children were food insecure.
Let’s begin to make the systemic changes necessary to stop food waste and fight hunger while we protect Creation. What better time to begin that on World Food Day? IPL’s Cool Harvest kit will give you tips on low-carbon foods, how to reduce waste, and lower your carbon “foodprint.”
Breaking bread with loved ones and in community is a sacred tradition and many people of faith share a blessing to express gratitude before a meal. This World Food Day, let’s also show our thankfulness by committing to reduce waste, be better stewards of Creation, and to share more with others.
Let’s stop wasting food, while we cut carbon pollution and protect Creation. All the way from the farm to our tables!
Interfaith Power & Light