This coming long weekend is the one where Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving, which for many includes a big meal, a big argument, some big post-argument hugs, and several big Tupperware containers filled with leftovers. The following Sunday, October 16th, is also a food-related date - it's World Food Day, an annual UN initiative to bring awareness to food issues around the world.
This year, World Food Day's focus is on the causes of massive price swings in food costs worldwide. Anybody who's seen their grocery bill fluxuate wildly can relate - jellied cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie filling is HOW much this year? - but for those in developing areas like Haiti, even mild changes in food prices can affect whether or not a family will be having any meal at all.
Click here to find out more about World Food Day and how to get involved. For further information about ongoing Haiti relief efforts, check out the work the World Food Programme is doing in the country here.