On October 16, 1945, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) was created, born from the idea that freedom from want of food can be achieved for the health and strength of all people. Building on that belief, at the organization’s 20th general conference in 1979, FAO member countries conceived World Food Day, an initiative celebrating global commitment to ending hunger and malnutrition. This year’s focus is Family Farming: “Feeding the world, caring for the earth”, to raise awareness about family farming and smallholder farmers. The UN General Assembly has designated 2014 “International Year of Family Farming”.
Michael Kors’ Watch Hunger Stop campaign operates in conjunction with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the food aid arm of the UN system. For every sale of a watch from the designer’s 100 Series, 100 meals will be delivered to hungry children through the WFP’s School Meals program; the initiative has helped distribute over one million meals to date. Donations benefitting World Food Day can also be made through the Michael Kors website—just five dollars will provide a child with one meal a day for a month.