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Virgin Islands to Observe World Food Day on Oct. 19

World Food Day activities will be held on the grounds of the University of the Virgin Islands' St. Croix campus from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19. The public is invited to support junior high and high school students as they compete in the first World Food Day "Youth Super Chef" competition. Other activities will include the distribution of free vegetable seedlings for use in home gardens, a food vendors' court, a farmers' market, tours of the UVI Agricultural Experiment Station field facilities, a hunger banquet, a "House of CANs" competition, a petting zoo, music and several workshops. This year, the workshops will focus on growing sweet corn and sorrel, and raising rabbits. The first 30 persons to sign-up and attend the workshops will receive free samples. >All schools, youth groups and organizations are invited to help fight hunger by taking part in the World Food Day Food Drive. Donations will be given to local food banks and to the Haiti relief effort. World Food Day brings attention to the plight of the territory and the world's hungry and undernourished and provides an opportunity for a deeper understanding of the complex solutions to reducing hunger. This year's theme is: "World Food Security: The Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy." Rarely has World Food Day assumed greater meaning than at this time, as food prices are rapidly increasing locally and internationally. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the number of undernourished people is currently estimated at more than 850 million. For the past 26 years, the University of the Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension Service has taken the lead in providing educational activities during the World Food Day to encourage the planting of vegetables and other food crops, thus, securing our own food security. World Food Day is observed throughout the world on Oct. 16 each year. It commemorates the day in 1945 when the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization was formed. The day is used to raise awareness about those living in hunger all over the world. World Food Day activities are sponsored by UVI Cooperative Extension Service in partnership with the V.I. Department of Agriculture and UVI's Agricultural Experiment Station. For more information, call Clarice Clarke at 692-4060./import/sites/uvi/Pages/news/import/sites/uvi/Pages/news/Spotlight_News_Showa763.html Spotlight_News_Showa763 StandardNews/Article Page2009-01-22T12:00:00.185Z