PUBLIC LAW 103-108—OCT. 18, 1993 107 STAT. 1035 Whereas the Congress of the United States is aware of and strongly supports plans and preparations for the International Conference on Plant Genetic Resources planned for 1995; Whereas participation by private voluntary organizations and businesses, working with national governments and the international community, is essential in the search for ways to increase food production in developing countries and improve food distribution to hungry and malnourished people; Whereas the member nations of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations unanimously designated October 16 of each year as World Food Day because of the need to increase public awareness of world hunger problems; Whereas past observances of World Food Day have been supported by proclamations by the Congress, the President, the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the territories and possessions of the United States, and by programs of the Department of Agriculture, other Federal departments and agencies, and the governments and peoples of more than 150 other nations; Whereas 450 private volimtary organizations and thousands of community leaders are participating in the planning of World Food Day observances in 1993, and a growing number of these organizations and leaders are using this day as a focal point for year-round programs; and Whereas the people of the United States can express their concern for the plight of the hungry and malnourished people throughout the world by study and action and by fasting and donating food and money: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That October 16, 1993, and October 16, 1994, are each designated as "World Food Da/*, and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to observe World Food Day with appropriate ceremonies and activities, including worship services, fasting, education endeavors, and the establishment of year-around food and health programs and policies. Approved October 18, 1993. LEGISLATIVE mSTORY—H.J. Res. 218: CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 139 (1993): Oct. 13, considered and passed House. Oct. 14, considered and passed Senate.