The waste of food
About $1 trillion worth of food is wasted each year, yet 820 million people go hungry and 144 million children experience stunted growth. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) indicates that reversing the food waste trend could provide enough food to feed 2 billion people.
But Covid-19 circumstances are threatening worse hunger. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said in June that the world’s food systems are failing, exacerbated by the pandemic and disruption to food supply chains. “Unless immediate action is taken,” he said, “ it is increasingly clear that there is an impending global food emergency that could have long term impacts on hundreds of millions of children and adults.”
- For those who have control over their food: Keep a food diary for one week. Note what kinds of food you might have thrown away, how much, and why you discarded it. Reflect upon what you have learned from this experience and how it might link with the Daughters of Charity sense of justice.
- For those who do not have control over their food: Consider offering this prayer—“O God, help those who have an abundance to share their food with the hungry, so that all may receive their daily bread, experience proper nutrition, benefit from good health, and attain the fullness of life which You desire for all of humanity. We pray this in Jesus’ name. AMEN