Take the Food Day Passport Challenge by completing fun food education activities with your student at select DC farmers markets and other sites between Oct. 19 - 27! The school with the most students participating by turning in their passport flyers (available at each location) gets a special grand prize from Food Day - a cooking demonstration from Top Chef's Spike Mendelsohn!
1. Columbia Heights Market - 10/19, 9 am - 1 pm
2. 14 & U Farmers Market - 10/19, 9 am - 1 pm
3. YMCA Anthony Bowen - 10/24, 5 pm - 8 pm
4. National Museum of American History - 10/24, 10 am - 5:30 pm
5. Glen's Garden Market - 10/25, 3 pm - 7 pm
6. Bloomingdale Farmers Market - 10/27, 9 am - 1 pm
What is the DC Passport Challenge?
To celebrate Food Day, a national celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainable food that takes place on and around October 24 every year, grassroots organizations and public agencies in Washington, DC, are coming together to bring hundreds of students and parents—many for the first time—out to their local farmers markets in DC to engage in a series of interactive activities around food. Students will complete a series of food education activities and turn them in at a passport challenge location, and the school with the most participating students will get a grand prize from Food Day! Participating organizations include Freshfarm Markets, DC Greens, Kid Power, Brainfood, Columbia Heights Farmers Market, Bloomingdale Farmers Market, 14 and U Farmers Market, Arcadia Center for Sustainable Agriculture, the Smithsonian Institution, Glen's Garden Market, YMCA Anthony Bowen, and others.
The Passport Challenge is especially relevant given Food Day's partnership with the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and the joint campaign launched in May 2013 to Get Food Education in Every School. Collectively, DC families and educators aim to help youth learn where their food comes from and how to prepare it in a tasty and healthy way so that they will have the tools they need to live healthy, productive lives and fight obesity.