World Food Day (October 16th) Worship Package: Room at the Table
In this worship package, you will find resources to PRAY, GIVE, and ADVOCATE for an end to global hunger. Pefect for use on the Sunday following Thanksgiving in Canada (Sunday, October 15th), or any time! Prayers, songs, litanies, stories, and other features including an all-age dramatic piece are all focused on the theme of creating room at the table for people around the world who do not get enough to eat.
Below are supplementary resources to the package:
- SONG: For Everyone Born, A Place At The Table (Murry/Klusmeier) Basic Piano version, SATB parts version, Guitar accompaniment version, Guitar chord/Bass version.
- SONG: Room at the Table (Newcomer) Download the Lead sheet and Chord chart.
- SONG: Give Thanks For Every Gift (Smith/Darwall) Download the Lead sheet.
- SONG: Together We Serve (Damon) Download the Lead sheet.
- VIDEO: Room at the Table (Newcomer) subtitled, and set to images available on our website (and on our YouTube channel).
- SAMPLE SERMON: Room at the Table (Longhurst) Download here.
- FUNDRAISING activity: Room at the Table, with table cards, stories, a video, and complete instructions on how to do this at home with your family, or with your congregation. View the complete resource.
- ADVOCACY activity: Harvest of Letters highlights the importance of public voice and encourages Canadians to communicate to their MP’s about Canada’s declining international assistance. Learn more and get involved! Foodgrains staff are eager to work with you and help you with this initiative.
About World Food Day
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) created World Food Day to commemorate its founding in Quebec City, October 16, 1945. The goal of the FAO is to free humanity from hunger and malnutrition, and to effectively manage the global food system. World Food Day events are organized in over 150 countries across the world, making it one of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar. These events promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and help strengthen the link between agriculture and food security.
- Good news: The world has made great progress in reducing hunger: There are 216 million fewer hungry people than in 1990-92, despite a 1.9 billion increase in the world’s population,
- Bad news: World hunger increased in 2016: the estimated number of undernourished people increased from 777 million in 2015 to 815 million in 2016, due mainly to forced migration due to conflict and climate-related incidents;
- Around 70% of hungry people are farmers; women suffer from hunger disproportionately, and make up at least 43% of the agricultural labour force in developing countries,
- 2017 has seen the largest humanitarian crisis since the UN formed in 1945; 20 million people in five different countries (South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, and Yemen) have been facing an extreme hunger crisis, and in some cases famine,
- Canada has been a global leader in food security; however, Canadian aid is the lowest it has been in 50 years, contributing only 0.26% of its Gross National Income to helping the world’s poorest citizens—well below the average of similar countries (0.54%);
- Last year, the Foodgrains Bank provided over $41 million of assistance for over 900,000 people in 35 countries.
*World Food Programme, Food & Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Canadian Foodgrains Bank annual report and Good Soil campaign documents, and the Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC).