Wednesday, October 16, 2019 was World Food Day.
An initiative of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, World Food Day is intended to raise global awareness of food and nutrition challenges including food security, environmental issues, family nutrition, health, poverty and other themes. The theme for 2019 was "Our Actions Are Our Future, Healthy Diets for A ZeroHunger World."
In Canada a broad range of organizations and businesses marked the day in different ways.
Dempster’s donated a total of 17,200 slices of bread to the North York Harvest Food Bank in North York, ON. Dempster’s says that the 2019 donation marks its largest donation yet from the Global Energy Race with 1,700 more slices than last year. Dempster’s is distributed by Bimbo Canada, a member of Grupo Bimbo, which donated to food banks around the world to mark World Food Day.
On Oct. 16 Danone Canada released the results of a specially commissioned Leger report on challenges to food access and healthy eating.
The report, based on a survey of 1,584 Canadians, showed that 6 in 10 Canadians (61 per cent) believe they aren’t always able to eat as healthily as they would like. The problem appears to transcend age, income and region: although 59 per cent of Canadians say that they sometimes don't buy food because it's too expensive, and 63 per cent believe their grocery bill takes up too much of their budget, 67 per cent agree that within their circle, there are people who do not eat well even if they can afford it.
The Leger report concludes that says changing lifestyle habits appear to be a driving force behind these concerns. Almost 8 in 10 Canadians admit to skipping one or more meals a day in the last six months, citing lack of time as the main reason (61 per cent). The problem also extends to younger Canadians: the Breakfast Club of Canada estimates that as many as 1 in 4 Canadian children might start their day without a morning meal.
“Although Canada enjoys one of the highest standards of living in the world, and we have made significant strides regarding health and nutrition, there is a pressing need to reconnect Canadians with the food they eat,” said Natacha Gouveia, director of communications at Danone Canada. “With its mandate to promote action against hunger, World Food Day is a reminder that we all have a continued role to play in building a healthier world through food.”