Once again, we’ll be celebrating Food Day on October 24, 2014. Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. This year, the main focus will be on “justice throughout the food chain – from farm workers to child consumers”, as well as increasing our access to healthy foods. The event is held annually to help inspire thousands of Americans to improve their diets and work on the goal of solving food-related issues at local, state, and national levels. This year’s slogan will be “Real Food, Just Food”.
“For us, Food Day is a great opportunity to show the connections between the challenges facing workers in the food system, public health, the environment, and access to healthy food,” said Joann Lo, executive director of the Food Chain Workers Alliance. “We know that by working together with others who care about these multitudes of issues, we can transform the system into one that is just and healthy for all.”
“Food justice goes beyond improving working conditions for farm and restaurant workers. The issue of justice even extends to children, who are bombarded with advertising for highly processed junk foods,” said Michael Jacobson, CSPI executive director and Food Day founder.
Many Food Day events will be held across the country during the week in October. In Washington, D. C., the National Geographic Museum will be hosting a Harvest Festival with family-friendly activities and food demos; in Savannah, Georgia, they’ll be holding an outdoor celebration featuring live music, exhibitors, vendors, and free workshops; the documentary film “Food Chains” depicting the grassroots movement to support farm workers will be shown online to support the CIW’s Fair Food Program, which helps to ensure safe working conditions for Florida’s tomato pickers; some food companies will be participating, too. There will be many more conferences, summits, and other events organized in support for improved food policies.
“Most Americans want to have healthier diets, and Food Day is a great opportunity to break a bad habit or to start new, healthy habits with their own diets,” said Lilia Smelkova, Food Day national coordinator. “At thousands of Food Day events, in the news, and on social media we want to connect the dots between the food on people’s plates and their health, the environment, and the lives of the people who produce it.”
In the past year, our clinic has organized two local school events in celebration of Food Day. We’ll be hosting another event this year. Stay tuned for more details. For additional information on Food Day, go to http://www.foodday.org/