Updated February 2019: Food Day was hosted yearly by Foodday.org as a part of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Those events are no longer held, but World Food Day is now celebrated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) with a goal of Zero Hunger by 2030.
Past information about Food Day:
Day inspires Americans to change their diets and food policies. Food Day has a special focus on greener diets as a way to address both health and environmental issues. This October 24, some of the country’s most prominent food activists will organize events aimed to solve food-related issues in communities at the local, state, and national level.
The city of Chicago will host a week-long Food Day celebration and harvest festival focusing on healthy food, music, and celebrated Chicago chefs. This year’s main program will take place on October 22 at Daley Plaza. On October 23, city-wide community events will take place followed by social media and meet-ups on October 24.
Each fall, the city of Savannah holds a large free outdoor festival called the Savannah Food Day Festival. Plans for the fifth annual festival is in the works and is expecting 10,000-15,000 participants.
Upper Midwest Regional Learning Lab is planning a special Food Day lunch menu in seven school districts. Last year, they reached 650,000 students.
Sankofa, a New Orleans nonprofit, will open the first ever Fresh Stop Produce Market in the Lower Ninth Ward on October 24. The market will operate several days a week and be the first and only place to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables in Lower Ninth Ward.
Apple Crunch Food Day
The annual Apple Crunch Food Day activity has grown to national levels in recent years. Last year, thousands of locations had Apple Crunches and this year, Food Day is hosting a nationwide Food Day Apple Crunch. Please sign up your Apple Crunches and share the page, which includes the Food Day 2015 Apple Crunch video and many other resources.
In Michigan, Cherry Capital Foods is planning to again host the Michigan Apple Crunch. It will take place on Friday, October 23. Last year over school 200,000 students and individuals crunched into a Michigan apple to celebrate. Organizers hope to triple participation again this year.
The Great Lakes Region Apple Crunch will include Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana.
Real Food Drive
Food Day is partnering with Amp Your Good on the first nationwide online Real Food Drive. Amp Your Good is an online platform that enables food drives to raise perishable food, including fresh produce, and ensure that it matches the needs of the hunger organization that receives it. For more information and to get involved, send an email to [email protected]
Food for Thought, Food for Life
Food Day is also partnering with Food for Thought, Food for Life, an engaging and informative call-to-action film, on the free online release of the film on October 24, 2015. Read more about the film here or host a screening on Food Day.
10-Day Local Food Challenge
Take a deeper dive into your food sources by doing the 10-Day Local Food Challenge in October. For 10 days, eat food grown within 100 miles of your home. Click here to find out how you can participate in the Challenge.
Can’t Organize an Event? Here’s a Fun and Easy Way to Participate
Join Food Day to improve food policy, healthy food access, and food worker justice by adding your name to our community of supporters. A donation of as little as $5 will allow Food Day to engage 1,000 new people, and help double Food Day’s impact by reaching 10 million individuals with the message of real food. To make it more fun, choose your reward from gifts donated by the food movement’s biggest names—including Alice Waters, Michael Pollan, José Andrés, and Jack Johnson! Click here to learn more.