Food Day!

Food Day is October 24, 2012 this year and every year. Food Day seeks to bring together people from all walks of to push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way. Food Day organizers around the country are working to create thousands of events in homes, schools, churches, farmers markets, city halls, and state capitals.

Why Food Day? What we eat should be bolstering our health, but it’s actually contributing to several hundred thousand premature deaths from heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and cancer each year. What’s more, the way our food is produced all too often harmful to farm workers, the environment, and farm animals.  Transforming the American diet means changing policies as well as changing individual behavior.  We want to highlight what needs to be changed, while celebrating the people and organizations that are already creating solutions.

Here in Worcester a group of organizations have come together to organize events to celebrate our Second Annual Food Day.  On Saturday, October 20th we will celebrate Food Day at the Regional Environmental Council’s 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 screenings, 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 of the HBO series Weight of the Nation and events throughout the city for the week following October 20th.  We hope to have a full week of activities and events for people to participate in around the city.  If you would like to host an event or a film screening, we can help you do that!

How can you get involved? 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 Tuesday the 24th.  Host a healthy lunch potluck with staff.  Download curriculum from www.foodday.org to use with your classroom.  Have a special Food Day menu in your restaurant or cafeteria.  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!

Sincerely,

Liz Sheehan Castro

Worcester Food & Active Living Policy Council

 

Find out more about the HBO documentary Weight of the Nation http://theweightofthenation.hbo.com

Find out about Food Day events around Massachusetts! www.fooddayma.wordpress.com

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  1. […] Food Day is October 24, 2012 this year and every year. Food Day seeks to bring together people from all walks of to push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way. Food Day organizers around the country are working to create thousands of events in homes, schools, churches, farmers markets, city halls, and state capitals. – https://hungerfreeandhealthy.wordpress.com/food-day/ […]

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