Thousands of Events from Coast to Coast Planned for October 24
August 6, 2014
Justice throughout the food chain—from farm workers to child consumers—will be a special focus for the fourth annual Food Day, as will increasing Americans’ access to healthful food. Culminating on October 24, Food Day is an event that organizers hope will inspire many Americans to improve their own diets and work toward solving food-related problems at the local, state, and national level. Started by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest and other food leaders in 2011, Food Day quickly grew to 5,000 events from coast to coast last year alone.
Food Access and Food Insecurity Among Many Topics at 4,700 Events
October 24, 2013
Officials and community leaders in Los Angeles observed Food Day by gathering at City Hall to celebrate progress made by institutions participating in the city's Good Food Purchasing Program, and the city's Food Policy Council released its Los Angeles Food System Snapshot. The event will mark the one year anniversary of a program the city launched last year, which harnesses the purchasing power of major institutions to encourage greater production of, and access to, sustainable produced food. One city council member used the day to promote urban agriculture by allowing planting of edible plants in residential parkways.
Apple Crunches, Local Food Festivals, and Campus Events Among Activities Highlighting Healthy, Affordable, Sustainable Food
October 22, 2013
Organizers of the third annual Food Day expect to see more than 4,000 events in all 50 states on and about October 24. The day is an opportunity for schools, community groups, health officials, and individuals to highlight problems in the food supply, and also to celebrate successful solutions, according to the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest, which provides national coordination for Food Day.
Children Celebrate Food Day 2013 with Healthy Food Competitions, Classes, and Farm Shares
Getting young people to cook is a major focus of the third annual Food Day, the nationwide celebration and movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. On October 24th, young chefs-in-training across the country will show off their culinary skills and pick up some new ones in hands-on classes, competitions, and partnerships between schools and local farms.
At home, parents, teachers, and caregivers can involve their families in Food Day 2013 using recipes from the free recipe booklet "20 Recipes to Get Kids Cooking". Created by Food Day culinary director Kate Sherwood, the new booklet aims to make simple, healthy and delicious meals a part of family dinners with recipes for fruit kebabs, Tuscan bean soup, crispy fish tacos, and more.
Web App Scores Diets on Health, Animal Welfare, and Environmental Impact
September 23, 2013
WASHINGTON--Fourteen simple questions about your food and drink may save your life and the planet, according to organizers of Food Day, who today launched an online social tool that grades the health, animal welfare, and environmental impacts of users’ diets. “14 Questions that Could Save Your Life and the Planet” asks consumers how many servings of various foods they eat, whether they choose organic, and how much alcohol they consume. Users are given a number and letter grade and are prompted to share their score on Twitter and Facebook.
Singer Jack Johnson to Partner with Food Day on Tour
September 5, 2013
The third annual Food Day will see thousands of events in all 50 states aimed at promoting healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food.
In anticipation of October 24, singer-songwriter Jack Johnson will be teaming up with Food Day on his From Here To Now To You tour. At each of his venues, Johnson and his All At Once social action network will celebrate Food Day by introducing his fans to local and national nonprofit organizations that work on sustainable agriculture, food access, farm-to-school projects, and other food policy issues.
Second Annual Food Day is Wednesday, October 24
WASHINGTON—New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will observe Food Day by leading the city in an effort to set a world record for the “Most Participants in an Apple-Crunching Event.” Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick will celebrate Food Day with local students and members of his cabinet at the Hayley House Café in Roxbury, Mass. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn will announce new food policies for their cities. And at more than 3,200 large, medium, and small events today and this week, Americans will be gathering together to celebrate healthy, affordable, and sustainable food—and to push for improved food policies in their communities.
Student activists and university leaders educate campuses & make pledges to change food system as part of new grassroots campaign
On October 24, tens of thousands of students on over 250 college campuses in 46 states will take part in Food Day. On-campus events will range from cook-offs and movie screenings to public demonstrations and local food banquets. Food Day is being co-coordinated by Real Food Challenge, the largest national student organization committed to building a just and sustainable food economy, and the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest.
Contest a Great Way to Celebrate Food Day
To help celebrate Food Day, the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest is inviting people to submit creative videos of people pouring out soda on or about October 24. The contest aims to inspire conversation about soda, soda marketing, and the impact of sugary drinks on the obesity epidemic. Submissions will be accepted through Wednesday, November 7 with the winning entry receiving a $1,000 cash prize.