Saturday, October 20, 2012

World Food Day

World Food Day was this week.  It's an initiative of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.  You can go to the official website here.

We shared What the World Eats in celebration of the Day. My kids thankfully don't know what it is to go hungry.  Nor do they have a very good appreciation for the diversity of different foods that people all over the world eat.
  I think this is a great book to use as a starting point for those conversations as well as just a lot of fun.

I thought it also might be a good time to start a small service project for Older Toad.  I gave him the money to fund two loans through Kiva.
Kiva is a microfinance non-profit that connects lenders with borrowers in developing countries.  I gave him the caveat that he had to fund two loans that were to be used by someone in food production.  Since World Food Day is focused on reducing hunger, I wanted him to learn about the needs of agricultural small business owners.  Kiva will send updates via email which we can read and I hope he learns something about small businesses, food production in other countries, and community service (at least digitally).  I'm hoping he's interested enough we will roll over the funds into another project.

When the toads are older it'd be great to volunteer at the local food bank.  If you've done any community service focused on food with your kids, please share.

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Charlene@APinchofJoy said...

Well, I missed out on World Food day! I checked out Kiva because you mentioned it in your post and I have heard so many positives about it. We will consider a loan! Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday!

Tulip TrueAim said...

Kiva is amazing. I know a lot of entrepreneurs who would love to give the gift of entrepreneurship! Great way to teach your child about small businesses. Thanks for sharing at the November Family Challenge!

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