17 May Food Security – Zero Hunger by 2030
The United Nations F.A.O. have pledged “Zero Hunger by 2030”, and in spite of the number decreasing in the first part of this century, achieving zero hunger now is becoming increasingly challenging. Over 2 billion people do not have access to adequate food supplies. This includes people in low, middle and high income countries. Women are especially vulnerable to food insecurity. The U.N. has noted that our food systems are broken, and can only be fixed through better collaboration on all levels of government and socio-economic spheres.*
A prime example can be found right here at home, in Ridge Meadows. Each day, The Salvation Army provides bagged lunches for over 120 children in elementary schools across Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. Since the stay-home orders were issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for the program nearly tripled in less then 2 weeks. Now more then ever, collaboration, compassion and generosity are needed to ensure that no child – or any person – in our community goes hungry.
For more information on our School Lunch Bag program, please visit the programs page on our website.
*Source: Food and Agricultural Organzation of the United Nations (www.fao.org)