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World Food Day

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Last week, in preparation for World Food Day, we ran four important reminders for CRS supporters.

1. Every day is World Food Day. CRS supporters are invovled daily in the fight against hunger.
2. You’re moved by compassion and respond with expertise.
3. There are many meaningful ways to help fight hunger.
4. You’re already there. Before hunger disasters strike, your support puts experts on the ground to help reduce the impact of drought, famine, floods and other causes of food shortages.

Thanks for supporting CRS, loving the poorest of the poor, and making every day World Food Day.

World Food Day: You’re already there.

Friday, October 14th, 2011
Ethiopia farm

Mussie Sala stands amid healthy corn stalks he irrigates through a CRS-supported water project at his small farm plot in the village of Ija Aneni in eastern Ethiopia. Photo by David Snyder for CRS

CRS beneficiary Mussie Sala stands amid healthy corn stalks he irrigates through a CRS-supported water project at his small farm plot in the village of Ija Aneni in eastern Ethiopia. Though other farmers are suffering from an ongoing drought in this region, Sala says his corn and other crops are doing well because of his access to water.

The drought in East Africa has forced 13 million people to seek food aid. Many face malnutrition and even starvation.

As we noted here, you can have an effective role in solving massive emergencies such as this drought.

Here’s an equally important fact: As a CRS supporter, you were sparing lives before the rest of the world noticed the disaster existed.

Mussie Sala and many more like him are able to survive in the midst of the worst East Africa drought in decades. You supported well drilling, irrigation and other water projects. So they have crops and their livestock has water.

You help put CRS to work all over the world to end hunger. Always. Not only during emergencies. In fact, just about anywhere disaster strikes, you’re a first responder. Because you’re already there.

Thank you for helping CRS make every day World Food Day.

World Food Day: Many Meaningful Ways to Help

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011
Haiti hospital

A friend cares for a woman injured in the Haiti earthquake. CRS delivered food, clothing and medical supplies donated from Catholics in the Dominican Republic to Port-au-Prince’s oldest hospital, St. Francois de Sales. Photo by Sara A. Fajardo/CRS

World Food Day, October 16, will remind us of how many people in the world face daily, grinding hunger.

Taken in one glance, the problems can overwhelm. Can I possibly bring meaningful help to a problem of this magnitude?

Yes, in lots of ways, actually. All of them offer the opportunity to deliver maximum help for a single person, family or parish or community. And they’re all acts of faith:


Food Fast: A hunger retreat.

Fair Trade: Coffee, craft, chocolate.

Advocacy Legisative action.

Operation Rice Bowl: Lenten reflection.

Footsteps in Faith: Monthly donors.

World Food Day: Compassion and Expertise

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011
Madagascar Rice

Suzy Razafindrafara is a rice farmer who switched to the system of rice intensification. She now sees more bountiful harvests from a smaller quantity of seeds than traditional farming methods provide. Photo by Sara A. Fajardo/CRS

Hunger. The word carries a full range of emotional responses. When we see or hear about people who face hunger, we are moved by compassion to help.

The depth of CRS supporters’ compassion shows in how we approach solutions to hunger. We respond with expertise.

One fascinating response to food production is Suzy Razafindrafara’s story about rice production in Madagascar.

When one of the world’s three biggest staple crops was threatened in Africa, CRS joined the fight to save the crop and farmers who grow it with the Great Lakes Cassava Initiative.

By applying the best available thinking and technology to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable, CRS supporters’ response matches their compassion for a world in need.

You can help right now.

World Food Day: When is It?

Monday, October 10th, 2011
Haiti Rice

CRS delivered tons of World Food Program rice – supplied by the US Agency for International Development — to Haitians over several days at a camp for displaced Haitians in Port au Prince, Haiti. Photo by Lane Hartill/CRS

Officially, it’s Sunday, October 16. But for the Church and CRS supporters, every day is World Food Day.

CRS and its partners are feeding more than 1 million people affected by the drought.

Well drilling in Ethiopia helped thousands of families face this year’s killer drought with little or no need for food assistance.

In Haiti, CRS provided food and supplies to Port-au-Prince the next day. One month after the quake, we’d fed 500,000 Haitians.

In Afghanistan, CRS supporters battle hunger by helping women start businesses.

Through CRS, you bring hope to a world in need by bringing food to the poorest and most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters?

You can help right now.