World food on World Food Day

Campaigning for change article written on the 11 Oct 2013

With World Food Day (October 16) fast approaching a number of Oxfam supporters are preparing their Eat Local Feed Global activities. Eat Local Feed Global is held from the 12th to the 20th of October to increase awareness about injustices in the global food system and raise money for Oxfam’s life changing work. Register to take part now.

By Tina Thornburn

Last year, I got an email from Oxfam encouraging me to have a chat to my friends. About food. Over a meal. It was too good an opportunity to pass up so I registered to host my own Eat Local Feed Global meal.

What I like about the Eat Local Feed Global is that I can share my enthusiasm for food, and more importantly sustainable food, with people I care about, and people they care about. Sounds a bit cryptic this last bit doesn’t it? I actually hosted the event last year as a fundraiser with my dad’s ex-girlfriend. We decided to invite two friends each. But the twist, we asked our friends to bring a friend too, making for a broader mix of people and hopefully a livelier discussion about the way our food is grown and eaten. I also asked our guests to make a donation to Oxfam about the size of what they would have paid for the meal. This was a great way to raise money and made it easy for people to understand.

We considered having our dinner on the weekend but chose World Food Day on 16th October instead. Given it was World Food Day, we prepared a truly global meal, with the starter, main meal and dessert all from different corners of the globe. First it was an eggplant salsa and homemade tortillas (a recipe I got from a wonderful Honduran woman), then a delicious ensemble of Moroccan dishes, before a home-made lemon cake (including lemons from the garden and eggs from our hens). Delicious…

Personally, I’m always looking for an excuse to enjoy good company and good food – so why not in the name of a good cause?