Ever wonder when was World Food Day first launched? World Food Day was launched in 1945 to celebrate the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization launch.
We might think that food is everywhere and accessible to all, especially in Singapore. Singapore is a society with different cultures and ethnic groups; thus, we have the privilege of indulging in various types of food. Unfortunately, we still have people suffering from hunger and even more so in times of Covid-19 pandemic as people are losing their jobs and struggle to put food on the table. World Food Day is about celebrating the glorious food we have and raising awareness for people who do not have such privileges and how we can reduce food waste. In our school, we are working towards zero food waste as we appreciate and value the food we have. We start with the Pre-Nursery children as advocating zero food waste must start from young and getting the Pre-Nursery children to finish their food. Nursery children will ask for less food if they think they could not finish the food, and we also weighed the food waste at the end of each day so that the children could see the amount of food wasted. K1 children did fantastic posters of zero food waste while K2 children discussed how to reduce food waste, such as to pack their unfinished food back when eating out, love their food, and donate food to people who need it most. Teachers learned valuable lessons on World Food Day, too, to buy food prudently and read expiration dates on food. We are always grateful for the food we have. We would continue our journey of zero food waste together with the children.
I would like to end with a quote from Tristram Stuart ‘Cutting food waste is a delicious way of saving money, helping to feed the world and protect the planet’.
Mrs Odette Ho