Food – the very stuff of life! Give us this day our daily bread! You are what you eat!
Today was World Food Day and, just after I finished tucking into what is now my regular Wednesday lunch at St. Julie’s – a turkey roast dinner with potatoes, sweetcorn, peas, carrots, gravy and Yorkshire pudding, I was glancing through Twitter and saw this from the Holy Father:
That prompted me into doing a bit more research!
Here are just a few statistics from the Food Aid Foundation:
- Some 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life.
- The vast majority of the world’s hungry people live in developing countries, where 12.9 percent of the population is undernourished.
- Asia is the continent with the most hungry people – two thirds of the total. The percentage in southern Asia has fallen in recent years but in western Asia it has increased slightly.
- Sub-Saharan Africa is the region with the highest prevalence (percentage of population) of hunger. One person in four there is undernourished.
- Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under five – 3.1 million children each year.
- One out of six children — roughly 100 million — in developing countries is underweight.
- 66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world, with 23 million in Africa alone.
It seems so big but we can do stuff.
- We can contribute to charities that work overseas. CAFOD springs to mind. Maybe, we could consider buying one of their World Gifts for someone this year – https://worldgifts.cafod.org.uk/
- Maybe we need to consider how much food we waste and re-align our behaviour.
- Maybe we could eat more healthily ourselves in appreciation of how fortunate we are.
Don’t forget too that we can contribute to the local Micah Foodbank for our local people who go hungry – often unnoticed. You might think it’s all too big a problem to make a difference but change starts with the individual and it’s never a bad time to do a good thing!!!
Maybe we should remember that when Jesus said “Do this in memory of me!” he was actually sharing food! We might also recall that, before he said this, he had given thanks to God for this food.
I had soup tonight for tea – I didn’t need more!