Local activities to mark World Food Day Oct. 16 continue to grow.
Now in year four, the local event has been moved to the Langley Events Centre to allow for more people to participate.
World Food Day is an annual United Nations celebration that began in 1981 and is now recognized in 150 countries as a day for raising public awareness.
Despite the need to eat, many people are still unaware about food, food security, production, nutrition, hunger, poverty and other related issues.
Be the Change - Share the Bounty is the theme for this year's gathering which will run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the events centre.
The event has been previously held at schools and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. The emphasis remains the same with organizers focused on engaging students to think about how they can change the world.
Organizer Maria Martini, who started the Food for Famine Society, explained that the intent is to reach young people. That's why between 1,000 and 1,500 local students will take part (there's also room for about 500 community members).
"Our vision for World Food Day is to engage, empower and inspire everyone to make a difference in the world," she said.
Speakers will include Mark Moore, co-founder and CEO, of MANA Nutrition (Mother Administered Nutritive Aid); Michael Messenger, World Vision Canada's executive vice president; Hope International Development Agency international president David McKenzie; and Daniel Germain, the president and founder of Breakfast Clubs of Canada.
The event will be live streamed but the public is welcome to attend the event (RSVP for lunch to email@example.com).
The Food for Famine Society is also hosting a corporate breakfast on Oct. 15.
For more information about the society and World Food Day, check out www.foodforfamine.org.
Food for Famine is a registered local charity providing malnourished children in developing countries with Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food. It works with groups like World Vision and Mana, a therapeutic food producer.
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