Food Day 2013 Events Being Planned

What is Food Day?

Food Day is a year-round nationwide celebration of and movement toward more healthy, affordable, and sustainable food culminating in a day of action on October 24 every year. Created by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest and driven by a diverse coalition of food movement leaders and citizens, Food Day aims to bring us closer to a food system with “real food” that is produced with care for the environment, animals, and the women and men who grow, harvest, and serve it.

Join the national Food Day movement to connect with other food activists in your area; get access to free resources to help children and adults “Eat Real” and promote your events on our national map; and have fun celebrating the progress we can make when we work together to change the American food system.

One focus area for Food Day 2013 is on food education. Get Food Education in Every School is a national initiative launched by Food Day and the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation in May 2013 to raise awareness about the critical importance of food education in schools across America.

Food Day is organized around five main priorities:

1. Promote safer, healthier diets

2. Support sustainable and organic farms

3. Reduce hunger

4. Reform factory farms to protect the environment and farm animals

5. Support fair working conditions for food and farm workers

Who is partnering with Food Day?

Food Day’s advisory board is co-chaired by Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa and Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut and includes such members as Michael Pollan, Alice Waters, Marion Nestle, David Kessler, and Professor Walter Willett. Partners include the American Culinary Federation, American Dietetic Association, Slow Food USA, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, UNITE Here, Sierra Club, and the Humane Society of the United States. A full list of advisors and partner organizations can be found at

How can D.C. organizations and individuals participate?

Please contact D.C. coordinator for Food Day, Project Coordinator Catherine Kastleman, ( or 202-777-8323), for more information on opportunities to get involved.

You can register your own activity up until October 24 at Or search for local events to attend at!

Food Day in the District

D.C. is a crucial center for awareness and action around food. So it is not surprising that the city embraced Food Day in previous years with dozens of events. See below for a sampling of some of the great activities happening this October for Food Day, and check the map at for the most current and full listing!


1. Chefs as Catalysts for Change: What’s on Your Plate?  

Monday, October 21, 3:30 – 6 pm

US Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Chefs as Catalyst for Change is an effort to open a dialogue between chefs, vendors, farmers and restaurant professionals about what’s going on in the food system. DC chefs are unique in that they feed the most influential decision makers in the nation. They have the power to push the national food discussion in a meaningful direction. Topics include best practices, labeling/certification, and politics of food. RSVP HERE TO ATTEND.

Keynote address by Spike Gjerde, Chef/Owner of Woodberry Kitchen


-Garrett Graddy, professor of global, environmental and agricultural policy and politics at American University

-Forrest Pritchard, farmer of Smith Meadows – Berryville, VA & Author of Gaining Ground

-Paul Shapiro, Vice President of Farm Animal Protection for the Humane Society of the US

-Julia Wolfson, Former chef and current doctoral fellow at John’s Hopkins Center for a Livable future

Moderated by Whitney Pipkin, Freelance Journalist covering food, farming and the environment and a staff writer for the Chesapeake Bay Journal

Organized by Food Day, Teaism | A Tea House, and Food Policy.US

Hors d’oeurves and beverages offered.

2. DC Passport Challenge – family friendly fun Oct. 19 – 27 at your neighborhood farmers market!

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 — a special cooking demonstration from Top Chef contestant Spike Mendelsohn! Community supporters include DC Greens, Kid Power, DC Central Kitchen, DC Metro Area Dietetic Association, Brainfood, Freshfarm Markets, and others.

Visit these stops to complete the Passport Challenge:

– Columbia Heights Farmers Market – 10/19, 9 am – 1 pm

– 14 & U Farmers Market – 10/19, 9 am – 1 pm (Free apples for all participants!)

– YMCA Anthony Bowen – 10/24, 5 pm – 8 pm

– Smithsonian Museum of American History (*note: this site may be closed due to shutdown*) – 10/24, 10 am – 5:30 pm

– Glen’s Garden Market – 10/25, 3 pm – 7 pm

– Bloomingdale Farmers Market – 10/27, 9 am – 1 pm (Free apples for all participants!)

All stops are free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Catherine Kastleman, Food Day Project Coordinator (

3. Miriam’s Kitchen, Freshfarm Markets, Todd Gray, Michael James, and Gus Schumacher present Food=Community: An Interactive Panel Discussion

Wednesday, October 23, 6 pm – 8 pm

GW Square at Foggy Bottom Metro

911 23rd St NW


Join in at 5:30 for hot cider and cookies!

In this dialogue, we will examine the power of food and the binding ties that food has to our community and society. The discussion moderated by John Murphy, Director of Kitchen Operations at Miriam’s Kitchen, will demonstrate how a holistic view of food, from the basic to the compelling, can strengthen our connections to each other. We’ll examine the connection between chefs and farmers—represented by Todd Gray of Equinox and Salamander and Michael James from Blueberry Hill—while government policies such as SNAP will be discussed by James Beard award winner Gus Schumacher and Ann Yonkers of FreshFarm Markets.

For more information, contact John Murphy, Director of Kitchen Operations, Miriam’s Kitchen:

4. Food Day Round Table Discussions

Thursday, October 24, 7pm – 10pm

American University

Mary Graydon Center Room 3

4400 Massachuesetts Ave NW


Come participate in the real food movement by discussing the intersecting issues of food access, labor rights, sustainable agriculture and nutrition with the DC community. Representatives from DC Fair Food, Real Food Challenge, Real Food Real Jobs, Common Good City Farm, Farmer Worker Justice and Food and Water Watch will attend this interactive Round Table Discussion regarding food injustice issues that face our generation.

For more information, please contact Meagan Lyle (, 802-881-9866)

5. Learn about DC’s Gardening History!


Saturday, October 19th, 7 – 10 pm

Warehouse Theater

The Passenger (bar and lounge)

645 New York Avenue NW

The event will feature farm-grown food, garden-themed cocktails, and the unveiling of theD.C. Gardeners’ Oral History Project. This unique collection of interviews and reflections by D.C. residents reveals the changing landscape of local farming over the years.

NFI seeks to broaden access to healthy, local food to all families in our urban community. At NFI, our gardeners, volunteers and community members come together to plant seeds, harvest fruits and vegetables, and share stories and experiences. They leave the garden with food in their baskets and confidence in their abilities. And our gardeners and volunteers partner with local organizations to share our harvests with those who need it most. Together, we strive to ensure that families across Washington, DC have the opportunity to put healthy, local food on the table—no matter what.

Tickets can be purchased at:

For more information, please contact Kristin Brower at or Kelsey Peters at

6. The George Washington University’s Urban Food Task Force presents a week of events in celebration of Food Day 2013!

Thursday, October 24

Talk by Michel Nischan

4pm • Marvin Center Room 407

President /CEO of Wholesome Wave will give a talk about the successful program that has improved the accessibility and affordability of healthy, locally grown fruits and vegetables nationwide.

Kiev Collection Cookbook Display

Gelman Library

Visit the special display of cookbooks from the library of Sheilah Kaufman, a noted culinary historian, author and lecturer. Food and nutrition books will be highlighted to check out.

The Artists Palate

Enterprise Hall, Virginia Science & Technology Campus

View this exhibit of local artists as they interpret Loudoun County’s heartland and its farms.

Saturday, October 26

Pop-Up Produce Market

11am–1pm • Deanwood Recreation Center, 1350 49th Street, NE

With the coordination of sponsors and the Food Justice Alliance, there will be a healthy cooking demonstration, and local seasonal produce provided to families in Ward 7. Up to 60 volunteers needed. Email (Subject: Pop-up) for information.

Monday, October 28

A Path to Responsible Chocolate?

4pm • Duqués Hall Room 553

Dr. John Forrer of GW’s Institute for Corporate Responsibility will moderate a discussion with business leaders from chocolate companies on various challenges they face in the industry.

A Place at the Table: Film Screening & Discussion

6:30–9:30pm • Marvin Center Amphitheater

Join Rep. McGovern (D-MA), Special Rep. Jonathan Shrier, GW professors Uri Colon-Ramos and Tony Castleman as they discuss the film and implications of food security both domestically and globally. Moderated by GW Professor Kim Robien.

7. DC Central Kitchen’s Truck Farm at DC Public Library’s Health Fair!

October 19, 2013 at 10am – 4:30pm

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library

901 G St NW

Washington, DC 20001

8. DC Greens is celebrating Growing Healthy Schools Week on October 20-25. Learn about other activities happening during the week, including a Capital Crunch in DC Public Schools sponsored by Whole Foods Market, at

Growing Healthy Schools Week Panel and Reception

October 21, 2013 at 6pm – 8pm

US Green Building Council

2101 L St NW

Washington, DC 20037

School Garden Bike Tours

October 20, 2013 at 11:30am – 2:30pm

City-wide, Starting at BICYCLESpace

1019 7th St NW

Kick-Off Chef Competition

Monday, October 21 10am-12pm
Thurgood Marshall Academy (Anacostia Metro)

9. The Food Recovery Network: Free Dinner & Movie

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 – 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The Christian Life Center

5600 Taylor Rd. Ste B, Riverdale, MD 20737

Documentary Premiere & Discussion of Food Recovery Network’s “Fighting Waste. Feeding PePeople. The Food Recovery Network Story”

The meal will be served with Recovered Food from: UMD Dinning Hall, Taylor Farms, and Coastal Sunbelt Produce.

10. I.L. Creations Celebrates Food Day 2013

Join I.L. Creations at our cafes throughout the DC metro area on October 24 as we celebrate Food Day! Learn more about Food Day and the benefits of healthy, affordable, sustainable, food. Try a sample of some delicious dishes and pick up recipes so you can make the dishes at home yourself!

Join us at any of the following locations:

American Red Cross, 2025 E St NW, Washington, DC 20006 (open to public)

Bureau of Labor Statistics, #2 Massachusetts Ave, NE, Washington, DC 20544

Department of State, 2201 C Street NW Washington, DC 20520

Department of Energy, Forrestal, 1000 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20585

Department of Energy, Germantown, 19901 Germantown Road Germantown, MD 20874

Internal Revenue Service, New Carrollton, 5000 Ellin Rd New Carrollton, MD 20706

Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE, 6th Floor, Washington, DC 20540 (open to public)

NASA, Goddard, 8800 Greenbelt Rd, Building 21, Greenbelt, MD 20771

US Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20250 (open to public)


October 24, 2013 at 11am – 2pm


I.L. Creations’ Cafes

Washington, DC 20006

United States

Google map and directions


Jackie Geralnick ·

11. Agricultural Development in Asia with Dr. Frank Shotkoski

Dr. Frank Shotkoski has 20 years of academic and industrial experience in both agriculture and medical biotechnology. Dr. Shotkoski is currently the Director of the Agriculture Biotechnology Support Project II (ABSPII), a USAID/Cornell University cooperative effort with a mandate to introduce agriculture biotechnology to developing countries. During this talk, Dr. Shotkoski will discuss interesting developments. These include the fallout from the golden rice field trial destruction in the Philippines, the Bt eggplant moratorium in India and the Supreme Court of Appeals ruling on the writ of Kalikasan for the Bt eggplant field trials in the Philippines.


October 24, 2013 at 4:30pm – 6:30pm


American University

Mary Graydon Center Room 200

4400 Massachusetts Ave NW

Washington, DC 20016

United States

Google map and directions


Erica Christensen ·

12. Eatright DC Public Policy Reception

Sponsored by DC Councilmember Mary Cheh

On Food Day 2013, the District of Columbia Metro Area Dietetic Association (DCMADA) is hosting a meet and greet reception to promote health and nutrition and the work of registered dietitians in Washington, DC.

This event will be held at DC’s City Hall (the Wilson Building) from 6:00-8:00 pm.

*Directly across the street from Freedom Plaza (at the corner of 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue)


October 24, 2013 at 6pm – 8pm


DC’s City Hall (John A Wilson Building)

1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Washington, DC 20004

United States

Google map and directions


Vanessa Hoffman ·

13. Every Day is Food Day at Eco City Farms

ECO City Farms Celebrates Food Day Every Day, but especially on Saturday October 26 from 1 to 4 PM when we will provide fun activities for Children and Youth; Farm tours for Adults; Pumpkins, Preparing Healthy Food Demonstrations and Tasting; Smoothie Bikes; Great Music and Plenty of Free Apples and more.

Opportunities for local non-profits to provide information and share resources.

Come participate and help build a movement for food justice and equity– healthy affordable food for all.


October 26, 2013 at 1pm – 4pm


ECO City Farms

4913 Crittenden St

Edmonston, MD 20781

United States

Google map and directions


Margaret Morgan-Hubbard • • (301) 288-2511

14. Screening of ” A Place at the Table” and Fundraiser for United Community Ministries Food Pantry

In celebration of food day, join us on Saturday, October 26th for a screening of A Place at the Table a documentary about hunger in America.

Teaism Old Town

682 N. Saint Asaph St

Alexandria, VA 22314

Just 12 minute walk from the Braddock Rd. Metro Station

Ample street parking available

Movie will begin promptly at 7pm. 10% of purchases from 6:30pm to 9:00pm will be donated to United Community Ministries!

Don’t forget to bring a healthy (low fat, low sodium or low sugar) canned or packaged item to donate to the UCM food pantry!

Come out for dinner and movie for a great cause!


October 26, 2013 at 6:30pm – 9:30pm


Teaism Old Town

682 N Saint Asaph St

Alexandria, VA 22314

United States

Google map and directions


Tracey Plotkin · · 202-464-0256


Food Day 2012 Events Being Planned

About Food Day

Food movement leaders are gearing up for the second annual Food Day, the nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food.  More than 2,300 events took place across the country on the first Food Day in 2011, and organizers intend for Food Day 2012 to be another great success. Held on October 24 each year, Food Day brings together organizations and individuals working on food issues as varied as hunger, nutrition, agriculture policy, animal welfare, and farmworker justice.

Food Day in the District

D.C. is a crucial center for awareness and action around food. So it is not surprising that the city embraced Food Day 2011 with dozens of events. This year, organizers aim to focus on healthy food access, health disparities, sustainable agriculture, the farm-to-table concept, and other key issues through events in every ward. Groups such as DC WICAmerican University and Gallaudet University, the DC Farm to School Network, the newly formed DC Food Policy Council, DC Central Kitchen, the Capital Area Food Bank, and many others are planning to take part.  For a list of activities being planned, visit to find events in your area and register your own Food Day events!

To learn more about getting involved, please email Food Day national Project Coordinator Catherine Kastleman at

Food Day’s 2012 national advisory board includes author Michael Pollan; nutrition authorities Walter Willett, Kelly Brownell, and Marion Nestle; filmmaker Morgan Spurlock; and Rodale, Inc. CEO Maria Rodale, among others.  American Public Health Association, Community Food Security Coalition, Earth Day Network, Farm to School Network, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, and Slow Food USA all participate in Food Day, as do many local and state health or agriculture departments.

Food Day 2012 events planned in DC as of September 14, 2012

Please send additions to or register a public or private event on the map.

 1. Food Day national marquee conference at the U.S. Capitol

At its national event at the U.S. Capitol, Food Day 2012 brings together organizations and individuals for an opportunity to discuss some of the most pressing food and health issues facing the country. The organizations underwriting the 2012 marquee event include leading national groups working on issues as varied as hunger, nutrition, agriculture policy, animal welfare and farmworker justice. The audience is mostly Food Day national partner organizations and Advisory Board members, congressional staffers, D.C.-area organizations and activists, community members, students, and journalists.

The program of the event is being developed, but will include opening addresses, a keynote speech (Food Day Advisory Board’s Honorary Co-chairs, Rep. Rosa DeLauro and Sen. Tom Harkin have been invited), The Atlantic’s Corby Kummer as a moderator of one of the panels, and a reception before or after the even


October 24, 2012, between 6 pm and 8:30 pm


United States Capitol Visitor Center (250-person auditorium)


Lilia Smelkova,

2. Food Day at National Education Association’s Seasons Cafe

On Food Day 2012, the Seasons Cafe at the National Education Association (NEA) will be serving a special menu of local, organic, and healthy foods to celebrate the occasion. In addition to a tasty new menu, we will have healthy food cooking demonstrations, a Food Day information table, and a raffle for a Farm to Table gift basket.

Note: Seasons Cafe is located in the Atrium of the NEA building, and is open to the public daily from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm.


October 24, 2012 at 11:30am


National Education Association’s Seasons Cafe

1201 16th St NW

Washington, DC 20036

CONTACT: Lisa Creighton,

3. Celebrate Food Day with the DC Food Truck Association!

 The popular DC food trucks will be clustered at various locations on Food Day (Wednesday, October 24) to provide freshly prepared food to District workers:

Department of Employment Services

Minnesota Avenue and Benning Road Northeast

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

9th and G Streets Northwest

20th and Virginia Streets Northwest

Virginia Street between 20th and 21st Streets Northwest

L’Enfant Plaza

7th Street and Maryland Avenue Southwest

4. Chefs as Catalysts for Change: What’s on Your Plate? (Private event)

DC’s chefs are leaders in the food industry. They have the power to directly affect food trends, and guide the public’s palate. “Chefs as Catalysts for Change” is a panel discussion moderated by Ann Yonkers of, held on October 22nd, from 3-6p, in the Navy Memorial Heritage Center. It is an opportunity for DC’s chefs to learn about the issues surrounding the food supply – how they can make sustainable choices in the kitchen, and what GMO’s and pesticides mean for the future of food. This event is by invitation only.

CONTACT: Kathy ONeill,

5. Breakfast Brain Food for Kids with Tea with Mrs. B and Teaism! (Registration required)

Tea with Mrs. B, a beloved children’s tea room in Bethesda and McLean that teaches kids modern manners in the most entertaining fashion, has partnered with Teaism, a collection of critically acclaimed teahouses that serve simple, healthy foods, and of course, tea, to offer kids a very special way to celebrate the 2012 Food Day movement! For the most important meal of the day, Mrs. B and her friends at Teaism will engage children in a lively discussion about healthy breakfast choices and demonstrate how to create a colorful breakfast parfait. Layering yogurt, fruits, and other healthy ingredients, kids will learn the benefits of starting the day off right. A not-to-be-missed Food Day event, light manners coaching and hands-on activities are sure to be a hit with parents too! To register for the morning event on Sunday, October 21, contact Tea with Mrs. B at 202-448-2930.

6. Compassion Over Killing – internal private event with employees:

COK office will hold a private, internal vegan food sampling and leafleting with literature on plant-based eating  in their office. They are also happy to support any volunteers who want to hold Food Day events with a veggie focus—if you get in touch with COK their team can provide guidance and support.

CONTACTElena Johnson,

7. Slow Food DC:

For Food Day (Week) they are planning the Second Annual Snail of Approval award party on Sunday, October 28. The Snail of Approval is Slow Food’s way of honoring food producers committed to good, clean, fair food through sustainable authentic practices. This is a private event.

CONTACT: Kathryn Warnes,

8. Universities planning Food Day events:

  • George Washington University
  • American University
  • Georgetown
  • George Mason
  • Howard
  • Catholic
  • University of Maryland

9. Busboys and Poets restaurant on 14th and U will be holding a screening of the film “In Organic We Trust” on Food Day, in conjunction with Food Muse Media.  Contact Marsha Weiner for more information at

10. Anthony Lombardo of 1789 Restaurant in Georgetown will be holding a special Food Day dinner at the restaurant on October 24. He will also be helping out with a demonstration at a WIC clinic in Anacostia. Contact: <>.

11. The DC State Fair, in conjunction with the Barracks Row Fall Festival, will be co-promoting as a Food Day event. Contact Rhea Kennedy: <>.

12. There will be an event at the Ward 8 Farmers Market at the ARC, including a presentation of a Food Day proclamation by councilmember Marion Berry’s Chief of Staff. Contact: Michael Segal, Executive Director of the market,

13. A Well Fed world is planning a tabling event in Dupont circle and also an event to showcase a vegetarian diet . Contact: Dawn Moncrief,

14.  DC Farm to School week is now Growing Healthy Schools Week!  Sam Ullery is going to put the Food Day logo on all the farm to school promotional materials and record all the chef and garden activities in the school. They will post the photos on their website under the title “Food day celebration” and they will also use Food Day materials in the school throughout the week. Contact: Sam Ullery,

15.  Dreaming out Loud Farmers Market is planning a Food Day themed Farmers Market. Contact Chris Bradshaw, Market Manager:

16.  District of Columbia Public Schools will be holding a district-wide recognition of Food Day.  Contact: Jeff Mills, Nutrition Services Director.

17. Chefs Cooking Demo with the WIC



18. Columbia Heights Farmers Market

LOCATION:Columbia HeightsCivic Plaza

Date & TIME: TBA

Food Day Press Release

Friday, October 21, 2011

Contacts: Wendy Stuart, D.C. Food Day Coordinator, 202-499-9414
Lilia Smelkova, Food Day Campaign Manager, 202-777-8322

D.C. events put a spotlight on food access, local products

Celebrate food on October 24 by learning, eating, and getting involved

WASHINGTON, D.C. — After months of preparation, Food Day is being celebrated in Washington, D.C., on Monday, October 24. Food Day, a national grassroots campaign sponsored by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, will bring people together from across the country on and around Monday, October 24 to participate in activities and events that encourage Americans to “eat real” and support healthy, affordable food grown in a sustainable, humane way. Modeled on Earth Day, organizers hope Food Day will inspire Americans to hold thousands of events in schools, college campuses, houses of worship, and even in private homes aimed at fixing America’s food system.

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Mapping the Food System

By Jenn Burka

The Johns Hopkins Center for the Livable Future  (JHU CLF) has two main research platforms that connect to the Food Day mission: farming for the future and  eating for the future. The CLF developed out of a multi-disciplinary interest in food as it pertains to the environment and has developed into a premier research institution in the world of food systems.

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It’s a Food Day (Semi-Spontaneous) Group Picnic in DC!

Brought to you by A Bikeable Feast.

It’s not a rally. It’s not a protest. It might be considered a flash mob, but one that the cops have nothing to worry about. It’s a picnic… with a few hundred of my closest friends and DC-area food lovers to celebrate Food Day.

Take a break from work and get outside for a bit on Monday, Oct 24, 2011. BYO picnic lunch and blanket and join Ibti and Ollie downtown for a celebration of good food and people in our nation’s capital.

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The Food Movement’s Special Day

This post comes to us from Founded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the site is used by the foundation as an outline resource aiming to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. According to their website, they are “working to change policies and environments to help children and families eat well and move more, especially in communities at highest risk for obesity.” Posting written by Elizabeth Brotherton.

Every April 22, billions of people gather to mark Earth Day. It’s a time when people across the globe to reflect on how we treat our planet — and what steps we can take to protect it.

Taking a cue from the environmental movement, thousands of food advocates around the country will mark the first-ever “Food Day” on Monday, Oct. 24. It’s the brainchild of Michael Jacobson and the Center of Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), who plan to sponsor the event annually to campaign for a healthier and more sustainable national food system.

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Food Day(s)

By Richard Naples, Slow Food D.C.

Food Day is on Monday, October 24th.  There was an earlier version of Food Day in the 1970s, but it didn’t quite take. As consciousness about food has grown, Food Day has relaunched and hopes to be an annual event. Created by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, this Food Day is a national day to recognize the important role food plays in our everyday life. It starts with six principles:

  1. Reduce diet-related disease by promoting safe, healthy foods
  2. Support sustainable farms & limit subsidies to big agribusiness
  3. Expand access to food and alleviate hunger
  4. Protect the environment & animals by reforming factory farms
  5. Promote health by curbing junk-food marketing to kids
  6. Support fair conditions for food and farm workers