Working Toward a Hunger Free World this World Food Day

Today is World Food Day. It’s a time to celebrate food, but also a time to think about the food situation around the globe. Having access to food, especially nutritious food, is a struggle for many people across the world. 

Image from Brooke Lark of Cheeky Kitchen via Unsplash

Image from Brooke Lark of Cheeky Kitchen via Unsplash

In my role as social media coordinator at World Vision Canada, I've been able to learn and share about the hunger crisis, which is currently affecting more than 34 million people in Africa, through our Hunger Free campaign. As someone who goes home every day to a stocked kitchen, I can't comprehend not knowing where my next meal will come from.

On Friday, I had the opportunity to work at our Hunger Free event in Toronto, where we were joined by YouTuber Peter McKinnon, Instagram celeb Dennis the Prescott, and a group of amazing local influencers.

Dennis the Prescott Photo Display 1 | Tall Girl Meets World
Dennis the Prescott Photo Display 2 | Tall Girl Meets World
With  Katie , my social media counterpart at World Vision Canada

With Katie, my social media counterpart at World Vision Canada

Katie and I checking out all of the food!

Katie and I checking out all of the food!

Social Media Bar at the Hunger Free Event | Tall Girl Meets World
Kaitlyn Laughing | Tall Girl Meets World
Factual Floor Decals | Tall Girl Meets World
Kaitlyn Looking at Hunger Free Photos | Tall Girl Meets World
Hunger Free Social Tables | Tall Girl Meets World
Food Flatlay | Tall Girl Meets World

While we spent the evening celebrating food and taking stunning photos of what we ate, we also shared why it's crucial to spread awareness about the dire situation so many people are facing right now. After a prolonged decline, world hunger is actually on the rise. This is a global-scale crisis that deserves global attention.

This incredible film by Peter McKinnon captures how drought is affecting Kenya, and how families are thriving in the face of adversity.

Here's the good news: despite being halfway across the globe, we can help those in need. You can donate $5 to the hunger crisis by texting "Hunger" to 45678 or spread the word by using #HungerFree on your social media networks. You can also learn more at www.worldvision.ca/hungerfree.

What are you grateful for this World Food Day? What foods are you celebrating today?