Food Day 2013 is right around the corner. The October 24 nationwide event gives communities a chance to celebrate the movement towards healthy, affordable and sustainable foods.
Food Day was created by the Center for Science in the Public Interest as a way to help people Eat Real, which is a term encompassing healthy, whole foods produced in an economically, environmentally and socially conscious way. The Eat Real movement contrasts the typical American diet of sugary and salty processed foods and factory-farmed meats that contribute to environmental problems and health issues such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
The Food Day website offers resources centered around five priority areas, which include: promoting safer, healthier diets; supporting sustainable and organic farms who receive little to no federal support; reducing hunger among those considered “food insecure” or near hunger; reforming factory farms to protect farm animals and the environment; and supporting fair working conditions for food and farm workers.
These resources include:
- Organizing guides for general, campus, school and faith community events
- Planning kits for special occasions, film screenings or Halloween events
- Discussion guides exploring the food system
- Media guides including sample press kits and press releases
- Food Day informational handouts, recipe cards, infographics and reports
- School and campus guides, lesson and curricula
- A Facebook page, Twitter feed and Pinterest boards for inspiration