Posted by: Diana Hoek, Director or Policy, Marketing & Training for WIC
Recently, a coworker brought in part of her bountiful harvest of watermelons and I couldn’t wait to add a few slices of a fresh home grown watermelon to my fruit salad. Fruits and vegetables picked when ripe from your home garden have much more flavor than their counterparts that ripen on their way to market. The juicy watermelon tasted as good as it looked. It also got me thinking about this month’s Food Day events and searching for events close to home. So what is Food Day?
October 24th marks the second annual Food Day Celebration. The goal of Food Day is unite the food movement and move it towards more healthy, affordable and sustainable food through changing our nation’s food policies. Events across the country will commemorate the day with a myriad of food tastings, community dinners, Farmers’ Market events, movie screenings and discussions. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has a website where you can see all the registered events at www.foodday.org. Want to host your own event? There are guides and tips for planning dinner parties and other activities.
Food Day priorities are:
• promoting safer, healthier diets
• supporting sustainable and organic farms to decrease the impact of food production on the environment
• reducing hunger to decrease the numbers of food insecure Americans
• reforming factory farms to protect the environment
• supporting fair working conditions for food and farm workers
Food Day is a great opportunity for children to learn about where their food comes from and for the whole family to enjoy some of the local community events. The foods we eat should not only taste good but also nourish our bodies. Have you thought about what you are eating on Food Day?