World Food Day

Tuzamurane cooperative members in Eastern Rwanda Photo: Aurelie Marrier d'Unienville / Oxfam

This World Food Day, we're focusing on getting to zero hunger. In 2017, there were 821 million people facing chronic food deprivation. It doesn't have to be that way. You can take simple steps from your own kitchen to contribute to the fight against hunger. 

Oxfam’s guide to shopping and eating sustainably

There's enough food produced in the world to feed everybody. Yet, one in nine people are hungry. You can play a role in fighting hunger by making better choices when you go to the grocery store and prepare food. A few small steps can make a big difference.

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About World Food Day

On Oct. 16, 1945, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations was founded, built upon "its belief that the goal of freedom from want of food, suitable and adequate for the health and strength of all people can be achieved." Celebrated around the world, World Food Day honors that day and our commitment to defeating hunger.

Many think that hunger is about too many people and too little food. But that’s not true. Our planet produces enough food to feed every woman, man, and child. Instead, hunger is about power. Its roots lie in inequalities in access to resources. Right now, many farmers in poor countries—the people who grow the food the world relies on—don’t have the power to access the resources they need to thrive.

Host a hunger banquet

Oxfam Hunger Banquet® events give you the opportunity to make a difference, both locally and globally. They are volunteer-led interactive events that bring statistics about poverty to life. 

Guests randomly select tickets matching real people who are high-, middle-, or low-income earners, demonstrating that where you end up is all in the luck of the draw.

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Food, farming, and hunger stories

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Oxfam’s Behind the Barcodes food truck tour journal

Follow along with our food truck as Oxfam hits the road to serve up some food for thought. The goal is to raise awareness of the human suffering happening behind the food on supermarket shelves, while calling on Whole Foods to take responsibility.

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Cooking up a better food system

This World Food Day, we spoke to Chef Alejandra Schrader about her vision for a world free of hunger, and how we can all help reach that goal.

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