NATIONAL FOOD DAY
National Food Day focuses on healthy and nutritious food and takes place annually on October 24th.
One of the themes of the day aims to help people to “Eat Real.” This theme is defined as “cutting back on sugar drinks, overly salted packaged foods and fatty, factory-farmed meats in favor of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and sustainably raised protein.” The observance involves some of the country’s most prominent food activists, too. Their vision includes food that can be healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced. At the same time, the goal is to produce food with care for the environment, farm animals, and the people who grow, harvest, and serve it in mind.
The movement seeks a balance between nutrition, affordability and the environment. They strive to meet these goals by consistently addressing policy. In 2012, there were 3,200 events taking place from community festivals to a national conference in Washington, D.C. to thousands of school activities.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL FOOD DAY
Attend an event near you. Learn about healthful eating and sustainable farming. Other ways to celebrate include:
- Reading some food labels. Learn where the food you eat every day comes from, what’s in it, and more.
- Challenge yourself to try a food you’ve never eaten before.
- Plant herbs to use in your kitchen.
- Start a compost pile to use in your garden.
- Discover a healthier way to cook your favorite foods.
Enjoy some of your favorite healthy foods and use #NationalFoodDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL FOOD DAY HISTORY
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) initiated National Food Day 2011. The nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food is a grassroots campaign for better food policies. This project builds throughout the year and culminates on October 24th of each year.