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Day 16: Grateful for our food

For most of us, if we are hungry, we go to the fridge or cupboard for food. If there is nothing there, we head to a corner store, supermarket or cafe.

Millions of people around the world don’t have that option, either through lack of access to food or poverty. Even in our own cities and towns someone is going without – simply because they cannot afford it.

There are many positive things you can do which, when coupled with an attitude of gratitude for all that you do have, can make a positive impact.

  • Put your money where your mouth is. If you believe that everyone deserves access to nutritious safe food, then start looking at your purchases. How does the food you buy support this? Some companies actively do good in your local and wider community – supporting them gives you more bang for your buck.
  • Don’t waste food. In western countries we waste an average of 20 per cent of our food. That’s one in every five shopping bags! Buy fresh and as you need it. Share extra food or freeze leftovers for another day.
  • Donate food to food banks – you can support people (and animals) by purchasing appropriate food and donating at your local supermarket or community house.

Talk to your friends and family about this issue and see what you can do together. You could start a fun activity together that helps others.

There are small steps each of us can take. Each of us can be more conscious about what we eat, be thankful that we have such easy and immediate access to food and to work hard to minimise any waste.

Most of all, enjoy your food and be grateful for how lucky you are to have it. we certainly are.

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