While most of us dread Mondays, this upcoming one may be worth getting out of bed to savor. Why? Because Monday, October 24 is Food Day. While it may not be a national holiday with a gifted day off, it is definitely going to be a nationwide celebration.
Sponsored by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a consumer nonprofit watchdog group, along with support from many health and food professionals and organizations across the country, Food Day has a lofty goal of transforming the diet of Americans. The mission is to bring together “Americans from all walks of life—parents, teachers, and students; health professionals, community organizers, and local officials; chefs, school lunch providers, and eaters of all stripes —to push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way”. The ambitious minds behind Food Day humbly want all Americans to have access to fresh fruits, veggies, and wholesome whole grains to fight heart disease, stroke, and other health conditions. Sounds reasonable, doesn’t it?
Their grassroots, people-power efforts (they are not funded by either the government or corporations), have organized Americans across the United States to create thousands of food events in their homes, schools, churches, farmers markets, city halls, and state capitals in an effort to get the public focusing on not only healthy food but also healthy food policy. Their mantra for you, and all your neighbors on Food Day, is to Eat Real! In other words, start eating and cooking real delicious food, the way Mother Nature intended.
Food Day is nothing new to Scott Soares, Commissioner of Agricultural Resources in Massachusetts, who thinks that every day is food day in the Commonwealth. He and his staff are constantly working to form partnerships with local farmers and government agencies to ensure that everyone in the state has access to healthy foods. These efforts will extend well beyond Monday's celebration according to Soares.
To help you Eat Real! on Monday, October 24, there will be over 50 events in Massachusetts ranging from lunchtime food trucks at Boston City Hall Plaza to a Community Sourced Potluck dinner being served at Space with a Soul and a Farmers Market in Worcester. Many local restaurants will also be hosting special healthy, sustainable meals, and even the Museum of Science will get into the act by showcasing the film, Food Fight.
If you don’t want to venture out on Monday, you can celebrate in your own kitchen. Food Day is also providing a free cookbook online with over 25 easy-to-prepare recipes created by some of America’s most prominent chefs and cookbook writers. Consider planning a Food Day party and invite your friends over for a communal, potluck healthy meal.
Who knows? This may be the first time you are looking forward to waking up on a Monday.
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