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Published on September 21st, 2013 | by Mary Gerush


Creative Kids — Enter The World Food Day Poster Contest

World Food Day Poster ContestWorld Food Day is a day designed to bring attention to the problems of worldwide hunger and the potential that food and agricultural achievements has to help solve them. Spearheaded by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO),  World Food Day is celebrated on October 16 each year — the date on which the FAO was founded in 1945.

This year’s World Food Day theme is “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition” and the FAO, in concert with the United Nations Women’s Guild is sponsoring a poster design competition for kids around the world.

Got creative kids? Read on!

What Your Kids Will Learn

The FAO has simplified this year’s theme for the contest. “Healthy Food Systems” is what it’s all about. From their web site:

Food systems are how we grow, process, package, transport, store, market, purchase and eat our food.

If we are not careful, our food systems can be harmful to the environment. Food systems use a lot of water, create harmful greenhouse gases, and ultimately affect every plant and animal on the planet.


Each of us has the power to help change our food systems. By eating nutritious food and reducing the amount of waste we create, we can help make our food systems more sustainable.

Food systems connect us all.  Let’s be part of a worldwide change that leads to a healthy future – for ourselves and for our planet.

The Rules

  • Winners will be selected in three categories: ages 5 to 8, ages 9 to 12 and ages 13 to 17. (One entry per person.)
  • Poster entries may be drawn, painted or sketched using pens, pencils, crayons or charcoal, or using oil, acrylic or watercolor paint, as well as mixed media. Digitally created artwork is also permitted. No photographs are allowed.
  • Poster entries may or may not include text. If text is used, any language is permitted
  • Working on an A4 sheet or an 8 ½ inches by 11 inches sheet is recommended for ease of scanning and uploading your poster. You can also upload a digital photo of the work.
  • Only digital files in JPG can be accepted and submissions must be made online.

The Prizes

  • Three winners will be chosen in each age group and announced on World Food Day, October 16.
  • Winners will receive Certificates of Recognition, signed by a United Nations official. First-place winners in each category will receive EndingHunger T-shirts and a second surprise gift. The winning posters will also be displayed on the World Food Day website for all to admire.

The deadline for entering a poster design is Monday, September 30. So get your kids, get your arts and crafts supplies, and start creating!

Image Credit: Food and Agriculture Organization

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About the Author

Hi all! I'm Mary Gerush - a recovering corporate worker bee turned good-farm-real-food advocate and writer who wants to help people understand what they're eating. I tend a tiny urban farm in Dallas, TX, and hope to scale up one day soon. Omnivore through-and-through, there's not much I love to eat more than a butter-basted grass fed steak fresh from a searing hot cast iron skillet. Follow me on , , and !

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