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What is World Food Day?

What is World Food Day?

Guest blog post provided by Cargill

World Food Day #WFD2015 is an opportunity for the world to think and talk about food & food security. The numbers are staggering – each month nearly 1 million Canadians visit a food bank, over a third are children, and those statistics continue to grow each year. At Cargill, we are committed to ensure everyone in Canada has access to safe and nutritious food – and that commitment begins in the communities where we live and work.

This year, World Food Day is focused on rural food security. The Canadian rural population represents 20% of the population, but 35% of food banks are located in rural areas. Rural Canadians face real challenges accessing food. For example, the high cost of transportation can make food very expensive. It’s also more difficult for rural food banks to raise funds and share best practices.

In rural communities, it’s not just about having enough food. It’s about access to food.


In honour of World Food Day 2015, for every share of Food Banks Canada’s Twitter, YouTube or Facebook posts with the hashtags #CargillCares #WFD2015, Cargill Limited will donate $5 to Food Banks Canada! (up to $25,000). We are very excited to partner with Food Banks Canada on this latest activity to address hunger in Canada, and look forward to “sharing” our passion with our friends and followers.

From Baie-Comeau to the port of North Vancouver, our Cargill Cares teams are taking on Cargill’s Great Canadian Hunger Challenge – one meal at a time.

Whether it’s donating fresh beef products, funding local food bank programs and initiatives, volunteering to serve meals or hosting a food drive, our volunteer Cargill Cares Councils do a lot of great work when it comes to supporting local food banks, school breakfast programs, community gardens and other initiatives related to food security.

We are also pleased to announce the Lethbridge Food Bank as one of six recipients of a $25,000 grant from Cargill AgHorizons through their “Together We Thrive” contest.

Check out our website to learn more about Cargill’s global commitment to food security, and join us in the fight to end hunger.

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of food distributed by Canadian food banks is fresh (eg. milk, eggs, fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, bread)