Augustinians of the Midwest are encouraged to mark the United Nations' World Food Day, October 16, 2017, in their communities and ministries. The Augustinians invite and encourage all who identify with Augustinian spirituality and traditions to do likewise.
“For I was hungry and you gave me food.” — Matthew 25: 35
These words of Jesus enable us to understand the deep significance in God’s eyes of meeting the fundamental needs of every man and woman. Care for the hungry and needy is an essential part of the Christian message and of traditional Catholic moral teaching.
Theme for 2017: Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development.
“Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development.” is the theme of World Food Day 2017.
Hunger is one of many factors forcing large numbers of people to reluctantly leave their homeland and migrate elsewhere. Large movements of people can overwhelm the places to which they migrate, challenging their resources and their spirits.
World Food Day 2017 urges us to look beyond the charitable act of giving food to the hungry, and to also address the causes of hunger, which, in turn, forces families to uproot themselves and migrate to unfamiliar lands.
Investing in food security and rural development can make it possible for families to have adequate food while remaining in their homeland.
What You Can Do
World Food Day is an occasion for learning, reflecting, praying, acting against hunger and for a just solution to the global migration crisis.
▸ Learn more about how investing in food security and rural development can reduce hunger and change the future of migration. Click the links in the “Additional Resources” section below.
▸ Reflect and Pray for the implementation of policies that address the root causes of hunger andinvoluntary migration. Download the Augustinian World Food Day Prayer Service for suggested prayers.
▸ Act. Ask your government officials and legislators to support programs which invest in rural development and food security.
Download the Augustinian World Food Day Prayer Service