It’s World Food Day – Prayers and Resources: Updated for 2022

by Christine Sine

October 16th is World Food Day proclaimed in 1979 by the Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization (F.A.O.) of the United Nations, to heighten public awareness of the world food problem and strengthen solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty.

Why does this matter? My colleague, Andy Wade, wrote an excellent post Just Us At the Table? that helps us put this in perspective – as he says – It is never just us at the table. So many contribute to the food we eat, and so many are badly treated in the process.

Thinking about that this morning and remembering the millions who will not have enough food for today I wrote this prayer and gathered the following resources.

Lord give us today our daily bread.
Let us remember those who do not have bread for today.
May we willingly share your generous provision,
With all who hunger and lack adequate nutrition.
In our own communities and across the globe. 
Lord give us today our daily bread.
Let us stand in solidarity with those who risk their health to provide our food.
May we cry out for justice in the food industry,
For all workers exposed to toxic chemicals and pesticides.
For farmworkers not paid a living wage.
Lord give us today our daily bread.
Let  us remember our bodies are God’s holy temple.
May we not eat too much or eat unwisely,
And  destroy our health,
Or deplete our planet’s resources.
Lord give us today our daily bread.
Let us remember we are all part of God’s worldwide community.
May we work together to steward the world God has created,
Recognizing our responsibility as caretakers and neighbours,
And joining in the celebration of God’s good creation.

    • Canadian Foodgrains bank has produced this excellent resource for prayer and worship for today.
    • Great resources from World Food Day including ideas for kids and teachers.
    • Theresa Cho produced these beautiful interactive prayer stations a couple of years ago that I highly recommend.
    • And some great suggestions from the Presbyterian Hunger Programme on how to observe this day.
    • And you might like to watch this powerful video from Hungry Planet that highlights the inequity of food consumption in our world:

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