Food Education in America

Getting food education – cooking, gardening and academic skills – into every school will require collaboration from many groups and individuals, as well as an approach based on research. The new Food Day report describes the state of food education in America to provide a baseline and recommend what more could be done.


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$2.13 for 21 years: I think it's time!

Having worked in a restaurant for seven years wearing many hats, mainly server/bartender, I can relate to the struggle some of these individuals are currently experiencing. Living solo from a server wage, maintaining an apartment and two cats, was tough enough; I can only imagine what it must be like to support a family. Currently the federal minimum wage for a tipped wage worker is $2.13 per hour and has not been assessed or changed in 21 years.

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Photo by Carli Jean. (This photograph is licensed under a Creative Commons 0 1.0 Public Domain Dedication License.)

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Healthy Eating for Busy People

The fact that we live in an era where it is no longer necessary to know anything about farming to be well fed is a wonder of modern times.  Advances in food science have supported the evolution of the entire species.  The ability to preserve and distribute food frees most people from having to grow their own food as past generations did. 


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Spreading knowledge to promote safer, healthier diets in communities through shopping tours

My name is Christina M. Davis. I am a Nutritionist and dietetic intern with The Georgia Department of Public Health Women, Infants, and Children’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program (WIC). In my profession, I teach people about the benefits of eating a healthy diet. This year I attended a training provided by the Georgia Coalition on Physical Activity and Nutrition (GPAN) and Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters, to gain the skills needed to host a shopping tour.

In honor of Food Day, I hosted a shopping tour at a grocery store for individuals in Columbus, Georgia and surrounding areas. Those who participated in the tour were community and church leaders, local medical office staff, nutritionists, dietetic interns, a lactation consultant, and members of a social organization.

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Whiddon, S. (Photographer). (2015, October 23). Columbus, GA


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The Root of Change

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Root Vegetables” by Clay Irving (This photograph is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License)*

Everyday people face limited food access and options. Many low-income communities may only have fast food and convenience stores, where choices are mainly fatty, sugary, and processed foods.

“11% of the poorest Americans without cars live in ‘food deserts’ where one-third or more of the residents are beyond walking distance to the nearest grocery store (USDA, 2009)."

Question: How can citizens contribute to make healthy food more accessible in high need communities? 

Answer: Citizens can start a root of change by planting community gardens.


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Celebrating Food Day at the Grocery Store

I am a Nutritionist for the Georgia Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program and I am currently in the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) Dietetic Internship.

I remember the first year I celebrated Food Day.  I was a student at Georgia State University.  My student organization, the Nutrition Student Network, and I hosted a viewing of the film Food Inc.


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Cooking Matters at the Store Shopping Tours

The Cooking Matters at the Store Shopping Tour is designed to make grocery shopping more fun, and to also make it healthier.


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