Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Launched by the Center for Science in the People Interest, Food Day’s goal is to strengthen and unify the food movement in order to improve our nation’s food policies. Food Day priorities are to: promote safer, healthier diets; support sustainable and organic farms; reduce hunger; reform factory farms to protect the environment; and support fair working conditions for food and farm workers.
The great thing about Food Day is that it doesn’t have to involve creating a special event, just for October 24. It’s an opportunity to link together all the great things that people are already doing to make healthy local food accessible for all. The Food Day website has tons of information about how to organize your own event and to learn about events that will be happening near you.
In Massachusetts, a coalition of organizations, farms, restaurants and community members are already involved in planning activities for Food Day in their communities. Visit the Massachusetts website to learn about some of the organizations and activities going on here. And while you’re there, check out my post about The Food Project, a great organization based in the Boston area that seeks to create personal and social change through sustainable agriculture.
Whether you attend an event or celebrate at home, I hope you take some time on October 24 to appreciate the food on your table and everyone who has had a hand in helping you get that food there.