World Food Day and Poetry’s Work to Alleviate Hunger
By Hiram Larew
Each year since 1979, the world has commemorated World Food Day on October 16 — the day in 1945 when The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO) was founded. And, because food, hunger, water, soil, farmers, consumers, weather, and a host of other related topics continue to be so important to us all, the Day’s importance keeps growing. This year, the focus will be on the importance of water as a precious resource — one that affects our ability to cultivate food in many, many ways. The Day also typically spotlights the prevalence of hunger around the world, including in the U.S. Many folks pitch in on that day to redouble efforts to fight hunger. In fact, World Food Day was a key reason that Poetry X Hunger was founded – as one more way to recognize the Day’s significance by bringing a world of poets to the anti-hunger cause….