If all the food produced in the world were divided equally, there would be plenty for everyone--with some to spare-- says the National Committee for World Food Day. But food is not effectively proportioned, and one in 10 of the world's people goes hungry, according to the committee.
This Tuesday marks the fourth annual observance of World Food Day, an international event marking the founding of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), an arm of the United Nations. Involving close to 150 countries, activities held worldwide include agricultural policy debates, food drives, seminars, discussions of social responsibility and family nutrition, all in the hopes of raising awareness about hunger on an individual, community, national and international level.
Among the activities being held for World Food Day in Washington are:
National Satellite Teleconference -- A three-hour program broadcast via satellite from George Washington University. Six panel members, including Secretary of Agriculture John Block and Rep. Mickey Leland (D-Tex.), chairman of the House Select Committee on Hunger, will discuss the food crisis in Africa, U.S. policies on world hunger and the role of women in agriculture. The show can be watched locally at the University of Maryland at Baltimore County, Academic Four Bldg., Room 303, Catonsville, Md., Tuesday from noon to 3 p.m., 301-962-8333. For those with satellite dishes, call Elise Storck, Teleconference Manager at 653-2404 for hookup information.
Convocation/Interfaith Service -- Children from over 60 embassies will walk in a processional to open the service; the program includes guests John Denver, Mabel King, Harvey Korman, Dick Gregory and the Sanctuary Choristers gospel singers. The public is encouraged to bring canned food donations. At the National Cathedral, Wisconsin Ave. NW, Tuesday at 7:45 p.m., 537-6200.
The National Cathedral is also holding a conference Wednesday on "What are We Going to Do about Hunger in the Nation's Capital?" From 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. at the National Cathedral. Registration cost of $10 to cover lunch. 537-6200.
Presidential World Without Hunger Awards -- Six awards will be presented to individuals and groups that have made the most significant committments to world hunger. John Denver, David Pomerantz and Harvey Korman are on the program. Tuesday at noon in the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater.
Following the free awards ceremony, there will be a luncheon and slide program at the Kennedy Center. Cost $35. For reservations, call 387-1080.
Seminar on Women in Agriculture -- Given by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. The seminar follows a patio ceremony at 9:30 a.m., hosted by Secretary John Block. Both at the USDA Administration Bldg., Independence Avenue.
"Cook-off" -- A contest between classes in the D.C. school district. Each class will submit a dish made from a "staple" food item -- rice, wheat, maize, millet and sorghum, roots and tubers or animal products. Foods from around the world will also be tasted; guests are requested to make food contributions of an international flavor. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to noon. Goding Elementary School, 10th and F Streets NE. 727-5363.
A similiar event to be held Tuesday at the Department of Education, will include demonstrations, speakers, refreshments and exhibits of staple foods. The event will be held between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.; the exhibit will be open until 6 p.m. 400 Maryland Ave. SW. North lobby. 245-0896.
Food Drive -- Giant's and Safeway's canned food drive for the Capital Area Community Food Bank is over, but the Food Bank welcomes any contributions Monday and Tuesday to its headquarters at 2266 25th Place, NE. 526-5344.