FOR IMMEDIATE 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.
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.
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.
This post comes to us from PreventObesity.net. 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.
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:
- Reduce diet-related disease by promoting safe, healthy foods
- Support sustainable farms & limit subsidies to big agribusiness
- Expand access to food and alleviate hunger
- Protect the environment & animals by reforming factory farms
- Promote health by curbing junk-food marketing to kids
- Support fair conditions for food and farm workers
By Kathy O’Neill
Food Day, celebrated on Monday October 24th, is a nationwide awareness campaign promoting delicious, healthy and affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way. Key campaign issues related to kids and school lunches are reducing obesity and diet related disease by promoting safe and healthy diets, expanding access to food and ending hunger and curbing junk food marketing aimed at kids.
By Jenn Burka
Within a food desert in the middle of Ward 7 in northeast DC, Annette Ryan is in the new Everybody Eats kitchen baking granola bars. These granola bars are for a presentation Annette is giving about how to snack in a healthier way. No more reaching for a Kit Kat or a bag of chips from the vending machine – Annette is all about promoting snacks that have enough protein to keep you full and aren’t saturated with sugar. The snack should have fiber and vitamins, and should be tasty. These delicious granola bars that Annette is using to encourage healthy snacking are only a tiny part of what Annette is trying to do.