Monday, October 24 is Food Day. What the heck is that? Well, I’m here to tell you in the hopes that if nothing else you will remember on that day that food is not something most people in the world take for granted.
Food Day was created by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer advocacy group. The day is dedicated to raising awareness and money to promote healthy eating and affordable, sustainable foods. Food Day’s partner organizations include the Sierra Club, Dole, The Cooking Channel, churches, grocery store chains and many others. Many important people have also lent their names to the cause, including big city mayors, U. S. Senators, former Surgeons General, chefs, scientist, public health leaders and more.
Food Day day is based on Earth Day in that any individual or group, formal or informal, can plan an event. There are thousands scheduled, including policy campaign kick-offs, food festivals, cooking lessons, farm tours, film screenings, school curricula, protests, and themed dinners in restaurants, private homes, and public spaces.
Food Day events large and small are being planned all around the country.There will be high-profile gatherings like the massive, celebrity-packed Eat Real Eat-In being held in New York’s Times Square, and others as low key as a home cook’s pie-making class being held in a Brookline kitchen.
Why? Because it’s time to fix our broken food system.