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What is World Food Day / Food Day and Food Security

Q.  What is World Food Day (WFD)?

A. The aim of the World Food Day is to heighten public awareness of the world food problem and strengthen solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty.  WFD was proclaimed in 1979 by the Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It marks the date of the founding of FAO in 1945. In 1980, the General Assembly endorsed observance of the Day in consideration of the fact that “food is a requisite for human survival and well-being and a fundamental human necessity” (resolution 35/70 of 5 December 1980).

World Food Day USA

World Food Day belongs to everyone. World Food Day USA  is not a competitive organization, but a shared asset.  The National Coordinator’s Office acts as a communication hub for the hundreds of organizations and thousands of people involved in World Food Day activities.In 2008 Denise Cerreta contacted World Food Day to list our initiative and continues our association with this important organization. In 2011 Denise was made aware of a new effort with roots in the USA called Food Day which will be held every October 24 to bring awareness to food insecurity and whole food and also try to provide political awareness to these issues. We made a board decision to change the day of our Everybody Eats Challenge event to Food Day on October 24th to support this mission at home. In the future we hope to stretch the event between both World Food Day and Food Day the 16th – 24th as our interest is broad in the area and our mission a WORLD where everybody eats.

U.S. National Committee for World Food Day
2175 K Street NW

Washington, DC 20437

Phone: (202) 653-2404

Fax: (202) 653-5760
Patricia Young is the first and current National Coordinator

The theme for World Food Day for 2010 is “United Against Hunger”

Q. What is Community Food Security?

A. The United Nations defines Food Security as; Food security exists when all people, at all times, have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life. To learn more about the work of the UN food program visit

The United State Department of Agriculture defines food security as; Food security for a household means access by all members at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life. Food security includes at a minimum (1) the ready availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods, and (2) an assured ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways (that is, without resorting to emergency food supplies, scavenging, stealing, or other coping strategies). To learn more about the USDA and the role they play in food security visit

The Community Food Security Coalition, Community food security is a condition in which all community residents obtain a safe, culturally acceptable, nutritionally adequate diet through a sustainable food system that maximizes community self-reliance and social justice.

Q. What is Food Insecurity

A. Households who rely on socially unacceptable ways to meet their nutrition needs are considered food insecure, households often have to resort to accessing emergency food pantries, scavenging, stealing, or other coping strategies.


  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that 14.6% of Americans in 2008 were food insecure. 8.9% of this is low food security and 5.7% very low food security.
  • For example 50 million people were too poor to guarantee being able to put food on the table.
  • That is 1 in 6 Americans.

(This info is based on the latest 2008 statistics.)

Federal Nutrition Programs

  • Only 60% of eligible households participate in the Food Stamp Program.
  • Food stamps provide a modest $1per person per meal
  • The average food stamp allotment for a household
  • In July 2008 57,642 households received benefits from the Food Stamp Program

Q.  How did the One World Everybody Eats Challenge start?

A. In 2008, Denise Cerreta, founder of One World Everybody Eats had the idea of local restaurants joining together on World Food Day to offer meals that could be ordered in reduced portion sizes that the patrons could price themselves, similar to what is offered daily at OWEE community kitchens.
  Her hope is to raise awareness of Food Security locally with the intention of this “initiative” being replicated in other cities around the world.  “Imagine if we created a day worldwide where everybody could eat. Wouldn’t we want that every day”?