SPRINGFIELD, MO – Drury University, CoxHealth, and the YMCA/Local Sprouts are hosting a showing of the movie A Place at the Table during the final week of Food Day Celebration 2013. This collaboration is accompanied by a community-wide healthy food pantry food drive to provide better options for people on restricted diets needing assistance.
“We have many patients who utilize food pantries,” says Glenda Miller of CoxHealth representing the Healthy Food Pantry Collaborative. “It is extremely important for their health that they have healthy food options to choose from.”
Three movie screenings October 22 and 24 will include a food drive that encourages donations of healthy shelf-stable foods. (please see Healthy Food Pantry Collaborative Wish List below)
Movie Screening Times, Dates & Locations:
- Tuesday, October 22, 6:30-8:30pm at CoxHealth’s Foster Auditorium, Cox South (no reservation necessary, plenty of seating)
- Thursday, October 24, 6:30-8:30pm at Drury University’s Lay Hall Auditorium (no reservation necessary, plenty of seating)
- Thursday, October 24, 6:00-8:30pm at Pickwick House, 607 S. Pickwick (RSVP required for food, firstname.lastname@example.org)
View event on Facebook here.
Food insecurity, the subject of the move A Place at the Table is a problem right here at home in Springfield. According to the 2013 Missouri Hunger Atlas, 24% of households with children in Greene County are uncertain of where their next meal will come from.
A Place at the Table tells the powerful stories of three American families, who maintain their dignity even as they struggle just to eat. In a riveting journey that will change forever how you think about the hungry, A Place at the Table shows how the issue could be solved forever, once the American public decides—as they have in the past—that ending hunger is in the best interests of us all.
A Place at the Table trailer:
“The movie fits with Drury University’s 2013-2014 Convocation theme The Morality of Wellness,” says Amy Blansit, Drury’s Director of Campus Wellness and Fitness. “The culture of wellness begins with the basic elements we put into our bodies. By increasing awareness about nutrition and providing information about our food sources Drury hopes to positively impact the local food markets and patterns of consumption.”
Throughout 12 weeks of the downtown YMCA/Local Sprouts 2013 Summer Day Camp Program, children received a locally grown fresh fruit or vegetable twice a week from the Local Sprouts Commercial Kitchen at Homegrown Food Hub. This added up to 9,581 servings of locally grown fruits or vegetables or over 3k pounds of local produce where 85% came from approximately 20 miles away.
This movie screening is the third and final of the Springfield Food Day Celebration’s educational movie series. The first movie in the series, The Vanishing of the Bees, showed in August at Bass Pro Shops with nearly 70 people attending. The second movie in the series, FRESH, showed at Drury University as part of their Convocation Series in September with over 60 students and community members present.
Dozens of Springfield businesses and organizations have joined in a citywide celebration of Food Day. Much like Earth Day, the three-year-old local celebration of national Food Day is growing as communities across the country highlight what it means to Eat Real! – as in, wholesome food from real farmers building new life in communities. Food Day envisions shorter lines at fast-food windows, bigger crowds at farmers markets and healthy food for all.
Springfield’s Food Day celebration this year kicked off in July with a series of more than 40 educational events through October. Events included a movie series, canning and freezing classes, farm tours, and an art show. The Food Day event series is leading up to a big Harvest Party on Saturday, October 26, at the new Farmers Park. The campaign is a project of the local nonprofit FoodCORE with partners and sponsors such as CoxHealth and the Healthy Living Alliance.
“Food Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about the effects that food has on the health of our economy, environment, community, and our person,” said Angela Jenkins, Project Coordinator for the Ozarks Regional Food Policy Council. “Because there is no “Department of Food,” we as citizens must take action to educate ourselves.”
Healthy Food Drive Wish List: (download printable list here)
Canned fruits in light syrups or in own juices, no sugar added applesauce, 100% juice fruit cups and snacks; low sodium or ‘no salt added’ canned vegetables, reduced sodium spaghetti sauce and vegetable soups, low sodium V-8 Juice and tomato paste; brown rice, whole wheat/bran cereals with more than five grams of fiber, whole grain crackers with more than two grams of fiber, plain oatmeal, granola bars, hot cereal mixes, whole wheat pasta, egg noodles and corn tortillas; canned chicken, canned salmon or low-sodium tuna in water, dried beans, low-sodium canned beans, unsalted nuts and low sodium peanut butter; powdered milk, shelf-stable milk, soy or almond milk in a box, cheddar, mozzarella or feta cheese; coconut, olive or canola oil, low-sodium salad dressing like Italian and vinaigrettes, low-sodium and low-fat popcorn.
CoxHealth is Food Day’s presenting sponsor. Other sponsors include American National Family of Companies, Healthy Living Alliance, 417 Magazine, 106.7 The River, Farmers Gastropub, Dr. Geoff Stanczyk of Mercy, Mother’s Brewing Company, Ozarks Regional Food Policy Council, Bass Pro Shops, Houlihan’s and Traders Printing.
For more information on this event or to participate in the healthy food drive efforts, visit the Springfield Food Day website at www.fooddaycelebration.org or contact event coordinator, Sheila Nichols, at 417.773.2033 or marketing coordinator, Christy Claybaker, at 417.862.8962 ext. 2142.