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 in the food movement. On October 24, 2011, people will gather at events big and small from coast to coast in homes, schools, colleges, churches, city halls, restaurants, farmers’ markets, supermarkets, and elsewhere to raise awareness about food issues and advocate for change. Think of it as an Earth Day for food!

Food Day is organized around six main policy goals:

1. Reduce obesity and diet-related disease by promoting healthy foods
2. Support sustainable family farms and cut subsidies to large farms
3. Eliminate food deserts by providing access to healthy and affordable food
4. Protect the environment and farm animals by reforming factory farms
5. Promote children’s health by curbing junk-food marketing aimed at kids
6. Obtain fair pay 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 http://www.FoodDay.org.

How can D.C. organizations and individuals participate?

Please contact our D.C. coordinator for Food Day, food activist and chef Wendy Stuart (wendy@wendystuart.com or 202-499-9414), for more information on opportunities to get involved. Organizations and individuals can participate in a variety of activities on Food Day. Some ideas include hosting a meal supporting local, sustainable producers; sponsoring conversations with farmers, politicians, or chefs; holding a fundraising event for a local non-profit; hosting a party celebrating healthy food; hosting a film screening or dinner lecture series on food issues; volunteering for outreach or organizational responsibilities to help strengthen DC participation on Food Day.

We encourage all individuals and organizations to list their names as participants on the interactive map at http://www.FoodDay.org to help build local momentum around Food Day—this October 24th!

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