On World Humanitarian Day, 19 August 2015, the Family Meal brought together visitors and WFP and EU representatives in an engaging way – by going social. Visitors shared messages of solidarity with #ShareHumanity, the theme for this year’s World Humanitarian Day, through tweet-inspired photos in front of the EU Pavilion at EXPO Milano.
Among the participants were Cees Wittebrood of the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department, WFP Assistant Executive Director Barbara Noseworthy and UN Assistant Secretary-General Toby Lanzer
On Tuesday 10 August, yet another Family Meal exhibition was officially inaugurated at the Just Festival in Edinburgh. The event brought together officials from the European Commission, WFP Officials, Family Meal photographer Chris Terry and Scottish comedian Susan Morrison. Also present during the launch were representatives from local charities and NGOs as well as officials from the Scottish government. After the speeches the musical group After Freedom from Soheto closed the opening with a magical performance. The exhibition is free of charge and hosted in the Central Hall (2 W Tollcross, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH3 9BP) on the 2nd and 3rd floor, running until 31 August. After starting in Edinburgh during the festival season, the Family Meal exhibition has continued its tour though Scotland and is now on display in Aberdeen. First it was featured in the Aberdeen Central Libraries between 14 and 28 September 2015, after which it was moved to Aberdeen's main Shopping Centre, Bon Accord, where it will be on display between 5 and 11 October 2015. The Rt Hon Alex Salmond MP MSP, the former First Minister of Scotland, visited the exhibition launch on 6 October 2015 at the Bon Accord Shopping Centre. The Lord Provost of Aberdeen Cllr George Adam was also present and members of the public were delighted to interact with one another and many positive reactions were voiced on the impactful photos. Next Scottish destination will be the Robert Gordon University in Glasgow, dates to be confirmed.
Followers from around the world sent us photos of their favourite simple family meals on Twitter for a chance to win free tickets to EXPO Milano 2015 and our Family Meal exhibit. Shared meals are one of the most universal ways people bond and maintain happy and healthy lives.
Thanks for showing us your families, your meals, and your support for the Family Meal initiative. See our photo gallery of some of our favourite entries or use #EXPOFamilyMeal on Twitter to see all of the great photos we received.
On 19 July 2015 the Family Meal Exhibition opened at EXPO Milano 2015, showcasing the World Food Programme’s (WFP) innovative solutions to healthy, safe, and sufficient food for everyone, in line with EXPO Milano’s theme, Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.
Claus Sørensen, the director of the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), and Barbara Noseworthy, WFP’s Assistant Executive Director, opened the exhibit in Milan.
“I think it’s important to show Europeans the value of this campaign in telling positive stories of people who have hope,” Noseworthy said. “The family meal is what brings everyone together in difficult circumstances; that’s where values are shared and instilled, it’s where you can laugh with a community, and it’s where you welcome strangers into your home.”
Attendees of the event got a taste of the Family Meal Recipes and explored why giving families the opportunity to gather around the table is essential to achieve a zero hunger world.
“There’s a consciousness linked to agriculture, to food security, to clean food, to the ecosystem,” Sørensen said. “And the fact that we have pictures from where the problems are so much bigger than in Milan, where we stand today, brings also the notion of international solidarity.”
The Family Meal Exhibition opened 3 June 2015 at the Parlamentarium in Brussels. The event brought together key policymakers and was hosted by the Vice President of the European Parliament, Mairead McGuinness. WFP’s Assistant Executive Director Barbara Noseworthy and the Director of ECHO (European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department) Claus Sørensen were also present, delivering speeches to the audience.
Photos: WFP/ Michael Chia
On 23 February 2015, the Family Meal photo exhibition was opened in the European Parliament by the World Food Programme’s Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid, Christos Stylianides, MEP Linda McAvan and project photographer Chris Terry.
At the event, the winners of the Family Meal photo competition were announced by Ms. Cousin who congratulated Breech Asher Harani from the Philippines, Darine Ndihokubwayo from Burundi and Ari Vitikainen from Finland for their winning entries: “These photographs inspire because they demonstrate the simple yet powerful role provided by sitting together and eating as a family in every country and all cultures around the world. Not everyone in the world can share this opportunity – 795 million people don’t have enough nutritious food to live a healthy and productive life. For this reason WFP and our partners are working together with the EU to end hunger and chronic malnutrition around the globe.
From 27 January-27 February 2015 the family meal exhibition will be displayed in Madrid at the Headquarters of the Spanish International Cooperation and Development Agency (AECID). The images are shown in the main hall, the cafe and restaurant. The exhibition is open to the public on workdays from 9h00 to 18h00 at Avenida de los Reyes Católicos 4 - Madrid
On 16-17 January, the photo exhibition traveled to the Netherlands, where it was presented at the University of Amsterdam on the occasion of the “Symposium on the History of Food”, which aims at exploring the history of changing ideas surrounding the concept of hunger.
In December 2014, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan visited the Family Meal Photo Exhibition at Dublin Airport, expressing his support for the project and for a world without hunger.
What : The official opening of the
Who : Opening remarks by
WFP Brussels Director, Mrs. Krystyna Bednarska,
Director-General of the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department, Mr. Claus Sørensen,
and Minister for Development Cooperation of Belgium, Mr. Alexander De Croo.