Category Archives: National Food Day

New ONGOING campaign begins August 1, 2014

August 1 st will mark the official launch of the ongoing Food Day campaign in the Ozarks.  Similar to last year, we are collectively promoting all area events relating to real food, hunger awareness and sustainable practices.  The difference this year, however, is after national Food Day comes and goes on October 24, the campaign will continue and this website will continue to serve as the area’s go-to website for educational opportunities, special events and resources.  We’re proud to be highlighting the diligent work and imperative services of numerous businesses and organizations across the Ozarks. We invite you to join us and the other eight organizations who are already part of this campaign!

There are many benefits to becoming an organizer within your business, restaurant, organization, K-12 school or college campus.

There are a multitude of events happening nationwide to celebrate Food Day ON October 24.  We are planning on doing something again this year, but are looking for suggestions from you. It falls on a Friday.

We invite you all to be a part of the Food Day committee and will follow-up soon with a date and time for our first committee meeting.  It will be open to all organizers and anyone interested in becoming an organizer.

Springfield Food Day Celebration was started by a green warrior, trained chef and long time professional in the food and beverage industry, Winston Riley.  In 2011, his research turned up a new important organization started by the Center for Science in the Public Interest called “ Food Day “.  His passion and enthusiasm drove him to starting a related celebration in Springfield to support the mission of the national organization and voila! , Springfield hosted it’s very first Food Day Celebration on October 22, 2011, in the Wilhoit Plaza Parking lot.

Last year, a local nonprofit organization, FoodCORE , decided to keep the annual celebration alive.  Their mission is to cultivate and support local food systems of Southwest Missouri through education and outreach regarding the importance of locally grown food and its overall impact on our community, our environment, our economy and our health.  Obviously, this as a perfect fit and the celebration continued, this time in the backyard of local business, Mother’s Brewing Company.

As with any great idea, the Food Day Celebration concept has evolved even further.  This year, FoodCORE organized a ‘Common Ground’ group who meets monthly and has been at the helm of planning and marketing this celebration.  This group consists of farmers market managers, producers, food banks, hospitals, nonprofit organizations and small business owners alike. Consequently, we are not celebrating on just one day, rather a whole series of events hosted by MANY in our community that will provide ongoing educational resources to help us better understand the importance of eating real.  At the end of the series of events throughout summer and fall, we’ll have a big celebratory party on October 26 at the new Farmers Park.

We’re excited with the level of support we have already received from our local community and look forward to an incredible Food Day Celebration for 2013 and years to come.