Today I want to share with you something that has come to be very important to me, and that is Food Day! Food Day, which when I have explain briefly I describe as a celebration of the movement to advocate for a better food system, is is to be celebrated on October 24th for the fourth year running. Food Day is a holiday/campaign/initiative started by an organization I have written about before, the Center for Science in the Public Interest. You can learn everything you ever wanted to know about Food Day here, but basically it is the culmination of a year long campaign for real, sustainable, organic, local, healthy, nutritious, socially just food for everyone! (So basically everything that this blog is about.) Schools, cities, and all kinds of organizations have been celebrating Food Day wonderfully for the last three years, running all kinds of events like speaking engagements with food issue experts, fabulous farmers market festivals, the Big Apple Crunch where everyone bites into an apple at the same time, and let’s not forget delicious, sustainably sourced feasts. The point is to educate, expand the dialogue, and gather strength to combat the problems in our food system, and to celebrate the good things and the changes already being made.
Food Day has also become very popular on college campuses, but this year marks the first Food Day celebration at my school. I’ve been very involved in planning the celebration, which includes an expansion of our usual weekly farmers market, a work party and potluck dinner at our student farm, a panel on the biggest issues in our food system given by five faculty members from varying food related disciplines, multiple documentary screenings, and an all-you-can-eat locally sourced dinner at one of the dining halls. (If you go to my school, please check out the Facebook event!!) It’s been very stressful and a lot of work to plan, but I’m really excited to see it through finally!
If you don’t go to my school, click here and find a Food Day celebration near you! If nothing else, try eating real on Food Day!