Have a Rice Day fights hunger locally and globally

An event that encourages people to substitute one of their meals with a bowl of rice will raise funds to help fight local and global hunger.

An event that encourages people to substitute one of their meals with a bowl of rice will raise funds to help fight local and global hunger.

Have a Rice Day takes place March 22, April 7 and May 15 and involves the public purchasing a button pin for $5 to support Abbotsford’s Hunger Response International (HRI).

Having a meal of only rice will help participants identify with people around the world who don’t have enough food to eat, says HRI director Lorri Sawatsky.

HRI funds initiatives such as the Rice Raiser campaign, which collects rice and other food items for local needs, as well as funds to help feed people around the world.

The buttons are available on the website haveariceday.ca or by calling 604-308-1391.

The event on April 7 coincides with A Walk for the Rice Reason to raise awareness and support for global hunger. It runs from 3 to 7 p.m. at Mill Lake Park in Abbotsford.

Registration is $25 plus a bag of rice for the local food bank. Register online at hungerresponse.org or call 604-850-5891 for more information.