Fred Says Campaign to Raise Awareness for Food Security

FredSays_Logo_url (1)by Simon Chambers

Communications Coordinator, PWRDF

The Most Rev. Fredrick James Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada and President of the PWRDF Board of Directors, admits that some people call him “Your Grace.” But he much prefers simply to be called “Fred.”

Fred is passionate about the work of PWRDF, which he calls “one of the best good news stories of the Anglican Church of Canada.” The work of PWRDF includes partnering with communities to help people access nutritious food.

We need food for good health, learning and productivity.

Fred Says is a PWRDF campaign to raise awareness for food security and the PWRDF mission. Food security, the availability of food and one’s access to it, is an increasingly familiar term but it is not well understood.

Dalia Joao (left) is a community health worker in Nacala-a-Velha, Mozambique. She cares for patients like Sifa Nuro (right) who are learning to manage their HIV. Photo: Simon Chambers

Dalia Joao (left) is a community health worker in Nacala-a-Velha, Mozambique. She cares for patients like Sifa Nuro (right) who are learning to manage their HIV. Photo: Simon Chambers

Fred encourages us to learn more about people like Sifa Naru, a widow in Mozambique who stopped taking the anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs) that will control her AIDS, because she didn’t have food to take with them. Her story inspired PWRDF to step in and provide food packets to Sifa and hundreds of other HIV patients.

The first thing Fred Says asks is: “Have you Eaten Today?” In Canada, it’s easy to assume that everyone has enough to eat. But in other countries, friends often greet each other with this question, and the answer they often receive is “no.” If your friend hasn’t eaten and you have extra, it is a common courtesy to share of your excess.

Every two months, Fred will offer a new “Fredism”—a unique saying which is linked to a PWRDF project and is related to a month, season or holiday in Canada. You are invited to learn more online about the issue of food security at www.fredsays.ca Here parishes can access resources, video, stories, and portals linked to each Fredism.