On Oct. 16, the UC Merced branch of the Blum Center hosts its first World Food Day event, with interactive activities for students on the topic of food insecurity.
There will be a drawing for a kitchen set, and give-aways of utensil kits to promote sustainable and healthy diets.
World Food Day is celebrated every year to commemorate the founding of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations in 1945. This day focuses on hunger and food insecurity and highlights a new theme each year. This year's theme is “Change the Future of Migration: Invest in Food Security and Rural Development” which aligns with the mission of UC Merced’s branch of the Blum Center.
The Central Valley is a top agricultural producer, yet families within our own communities face insecurity at alarming rates. According to the 2016 Feed America Report, 86 percent of all food-insecure communities are considered rural.
In Merced County, food insecurity affects 13 percent of residents, or 36,560 individuals, according to the 2017 Map the Meal Gap report.
UC Merced's branch of the Blum Center has been dedicating its efforts to tackling food insecurity through partnerships including with the Global Food Initiative, CropMobster and the Civic Engagement Center. We will support these initiatives, as well as other projects that promote the health of our communities both on and off campus.