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Reflections on World Food Day and the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

This fall, Sisters and staff have participated in events and written reflections in order to honour World Food Day which is observed on October 16 and the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, observed on October 17. 

Last spring, Sisters submitted stories of poverty to the Government of Canada to support the development of a national Poverty Reduction Strategy. For my story, I spoke about the need for food security. As a follow-up to that submission, we can send out prayers that all levels of government will work to make eradicating poverty a reality.
 
Regarding World Food Day, we can all take small steps to show our concern. One idea is to avoid wasting food by not overloading on servings and/or bagging unfinished portions for later consumption. Also, we can make sure to use up supplies before they go to waste. And, if desired, calculate a rough tally of how much money was saved and then donate that amount to charity.
 
There are many organizations who champion the cause of poverty elimination such as overcomingpoverty.org. You may wish to visit their web site and support their petitions. 
 
Sister Gwen Smith
 
Addendum: On October 17th, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, Sister Gwen Smith represented the Sisters of St. Joseph and served as the “Catholic voice” at an interfaith pray-in against poverty at City Hall. Leaders from seven faith groups opened the event which lasted over 8 hours. Click here to read their press release and see photos.

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