A Peek at the Canvas: September
by Frank Caracciolo
The most recent episode of The Blank Canvas with Frank Caracciolo is out now, click here to listen. In this episode, Frank speaks to Miranda Greco, a dietician with the LBPSB, about a project they are collaborating on for World Food Day.
Frank Caracciolo: You’re gonna introduce it. So, if you could just tell us what’s happening with that world Food Day, happening October 16th.
Miranda Greco: That about all right, so World Food Day, like you had just mentioned is October 16th, and it’s been celebrated since 1981 by the FAO, which is the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the mission with World Food Day is to really spread awareness about world hunger and this year, the theme is all about water insecurity and how that ties to food insecurity.
I’ll just explain what these two things are, because they’re not often talked about these two, these two topics.
So, food insecurity. I’ll start with that is when people don’t have access or have limited access to safe and nutritious foods, and it could be because of financial constraints or even limited food availability in their community. Sometimes food availability is caused by water insecurity, which is really the theme this year with World Food Day. Water insecurity, very similar to food insecurity, is when a community or people don’t have access to safe water, especially water that could support food production ecosystems and energy production as well.
World Food Day wants to raise awareness about these two things and how they really coincide together. And we were inspired by the theme this year for the project that we created….
Miranda Greco: So the project that Frank and I collaborated on, teachers to participate in if they would like to, is a video project that’s two to three minutes long, in which they would show her how their class, how their students are celebrating World Food Day. We want to hear the students’ perspectives on water and food security in our community and around the world. It gives teachers and their students an opportunity to reflect on this issue while also being creative, which could be really fun.
Frank Caracciolo: Yeah, I think having the students work together collaboratively on a topic and then creating something, maybe through their conversation or making like a short commercial, an ad, however they want to go about expressing themselves is really what we’re excited about.