16 October World Food Day

Events on World Food Day observed each year on 16 October promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all. World Food Day is also a chance to show our commitment to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 – ie to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030.

Brigidines observe World Food Day because:

* We believe food is a basic human right; on World Food Day we give thanks to the God of Life who sustains us and all living beings and to Jesus who showed us how to share the gifts we have been given.

* We believe our planet produces sufficient  food to nourish everyone; yet we know that 800 million people in our world suffer from hunger , 60% of whom are women.

* We are being challenged daily to embrace a spirituality of ‘enough’ in our own lives and to educate others to live simply

* We are being invited to consider with others some of the major global challenges of our time such as how the world’s growing population can continue to be fed, how  the global climate of our planet will be protected and in what ways will some of the root causes of migration and displacement be tackled.

World Food Day 2017 offers us a unique opportunity, “To deepen our understanding of the complexity and inter-relatedness of factors which threaten the life and well-being of our common home” and humanity. (Congregational Forum 2016, Invitation & Call)