Blogs about Food Day kick-off nationwide celebrations

Every October 24, thousands of events all around the country bring Americans together to celebrate and enjoy real food and to push for improved food policies.

In addition to the 8,000 events happening in celebration of Food Day on and around October 24, dozens of bloggers have decided to participate in Food Day through our first-ever Coordinated Blogging Event.

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Why Monday is the Best Day to Kick Off New Food Habits

With all of the improvements needed in our food system, it can be overwhelming to think about where to start changing your diet and food buying habits. Sure, this October 24th, you could vow to never let another morsel of irresponsibly produced, unhealthy food cross your lips again. But just like successfully losing weight, the most sustainable changes are introduced little by little, over time.

At The Monday Campaigns, where I work as a registered dietitian, we know that Monday is the ideal day to introduce these changes. Why Monday? Our research shows that most people see Monday not as a day to dread, but as a day for a fresh start. A paper published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine earlier this year also showed that more people are hitting Google in search of all things healthy on Mondays than later on in the week.


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“Food, What?!”: Addressing Food Justice Through Youth Empowerment

For the past eight years, “Food, What?!”, based in Santa Cruz, CA, has been
working to empower youth from across the county and address food justice issues in
our community. Recognizing that food and farming is an incredible tool for self and
community-empowerment, the majority of our programming is based on our half-acre
organic farm, where we partner with at-risk and low-income youth to grow, cook, eat,
and distribute healthy, sustainably raised food.


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Celebrate autumn with Pumpkin Soup

There was a time that asparagus told us it was spring. And strawberries told us it was summer. Not anymore in our global village, where everything is available all the time. Imagine Christmas or summer holidays all year round - the magic disappears.

Staying in tune with the seasons is a better bet; it’s fun, cheap, sustainable and nutritious. You’ll save money and since it's more likely to be local you’ll save fossil fuel - and support your local economies as well. So what about Witches Brew? This recipe for pumpkin soup celebrates the abundance of pumpkin in autumn. 


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Bringing the Food Movement Closer Together - the Statement of Principles

All around the country, Food Day brings people together to celebrate food, each other, and to learn more about issues affecting our food system.  The key component of the day is connection and community.

In a similar vein, the nonprofits and advocates who’ve been working to change the food system are realizing that the only way to create lasting change is to do it together.  This is starting to lead organizations to develop projects and campaigns with other groups, rather than working in their own silo.  This leads to more cooperation, more collaboration and the possibility of joint funding.  There is also a concerted effort among groups to support each other and to help promote the projects and campaigns that each organization develops.


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Growing Equitable Food Systems

Next week our country will gather together to celebrate Food Day 2014 and join in the fight for a healthy, equitable food system -- one that supports and protects all Americans, especially those living in low-income communities and communities of color. For many years, these communities have been marginalized and excluded from the opportunities that a healthy, equitable food system brings. Yet, the country’s changing demographics mean that these communities can no longer be ignored or excluded. People of color will be a majority of the U.S. population by 2043 and this shift has already happened among young people and young children of color who now make up the majority population in public schools. The time has come for a food system that is healthy, equitable, and accessible to all.

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Spinach Pakora, Chicken Momos & Spicy Chicken Stir-fry!

In the second installment of recipes from our collaboration with Food Day, the Healthy Cook and students of Northwood High School, we want to highlight some of the delicious Nepalese dishes we developed together. Aayush, whose family is originally from Nepal, loves to cook and greatly improved his cooking skills over the time we worked together. We watched as his passion for healthy and delicious food blossomed this summer! He even brought recipes hand-written by his mother to our sessions to be sure he had the recipes as close to perfect as possible. We tested and loved the Spinach Pakoras (similar to fritters) with Mint Sauce, Chicken Momos (dumplings), and Spicy Chicken Stir-fry. Give them a try!


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