Food Day Comes to Worcester

What is Food Day?

Aimed at promoting healthy, sustainable, affordable, and just food systems in America, Food Day is a national grassroots mobilization backed by some of the most prominent voices for energizing the food movement. On October 24, 2011, people will gather at events big and small and from coast to coast in homes, schools, colleges, churches, city halls, farmers’ markets, supermarkets, and elsewhere to raise awareness about food issues and advocate for change.   Think of it as an Earth Day for food!

Spearheaded by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest, Food Day is organized around six main policy goals:

1. Reduce diet-related disease by promoting safe, healthy foods

2. Support sustainable farms and limit subsidies to big agribusiness

3. Expand access to food and alleviate hunger

4. Protect the environment and animals by reforming factory farms

5. Promote  health by curbing junk-food marketing to kids

6. Support fair working conditions for food and farm workers

Who is partnering with Food Day?

Here in Worcester the Food & Active Living Policy Council is acting as the local coordinator along with Clark University Dining Services and we are working with community partners to make Food Day a success around the City.  Congressman McGovern is also a part of the national Advisory Committee on Food Day.  A full list of advisors and partner organizations can be found at  www.FoodDay.org.

On Saturday, October 22nd we will celebrate Food Day at the Main South Farmers’ Market located at the YMCA Central Branch on Main Street.  The market will be expanded for the day and will include restaurants vendors, chef demos, kids activities, health partners, music and more.  We will have community and school garden tours that will leave from the market highlighting the gardening being done in the Main South area.  We are also working to set up film screenings.  We hope to have a full day of activities and events for people to participate in.  On Monday, October 24th Clark University will have a full-day event on their campus open to the public as well.

How can I get involved in Food Day?

Community organizations can get involved in Food Day in a variety of ways.  You can have a table or booth at the Saturday Farmers’ Market.  You can also organize activities within your restaurant, organization, neighborhood, congregation, or school for Monday the 24th.  Host a healthy lunch potluck with staff.  Download curriculum from www.foodday.org to use with your classroom.  Invite neighbors over for a potluck dinner and watch an inspiring movie.  Serve a “Food Day Special” on your menu.  Whatever you decide to do, we invite you to let us know so we can include it in our Community Calendar of events.  For more information or to get involved, contact Liz Sheehan Castro at hungerfree@worcesterfoodpolicy.org or call (508)757-5631 ext. 304.  We look forward to working together to make Food Day in Worcester an incredible event!


 

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