Food Day is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food and a grassroots campaign for better food policies. It builds all year long and culminates in October.
Food Day aims to help people eat real. That means cutting back on sugary drinks, overly salted packaged foods, and fatty, factory-farmed meats in favor of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and sustainably raised protein. Food Day envisions shorter lines at fast-food drive-throughs, bigger crowds at farmers markets & healthy food for all.
Springfield local and healthy food groups have joined together to celebrate Food Day with a series of events that crescendo October 26 and continue into 2014 for a sustainable community engagement effort. Across the country, 3,200 events took place in 2012 and 2,300 in 2011, from community festivals in Denver, Savannah, and New York City, to a national conference in Washington, DC, to thousands of school activities in Portland, Minneapolis, and elsewhere.
Why Food Day? The typical American diet is contributing to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems. Those problems cost Americans more than $150 billion per year. The food system behind this diet also takes a terrible toll on the environment and local economies.
Eating Real can save your own health and put our food system on a more humane, sustainable path. With America’s resources, there’s no excuse for hunger, low wages for food and farm workers, or inhumane conditions for farm animals.
Who else is behind this celebration? We are delighted to have amazing community support this year and hope you will get to know our sponsors.