What is Food Day
Food Day 2012 is
the second annual nationwide celebration to transform
the American diet. The goal of
Food Day is to promote healthy, affordable, and sustainable food and build a grassroots campaign for
better food policies and a stronger, more united food movement.
Food Day organizers have
identified five priorities to address the concerns within the food system:
safer, healthier diets.
sustainable and organic farms.
protection of the environment and animals during food production.
fair and safe working conditions for food and farm workers.
See Food Day for more on the nationwide celebration.
Why it is Important to Us
Food Day provides
our community with an important opportunity to raise awareness for eating
healthy locally produced food. Purchasing local food is important for our
community because it supports our county’s farmers, boosts our local economy by
keeping our food dollars in the community and provides our families with healthier
Food Day takes
place annually on October 24. On October 24th and throughout the
week of October 22nd thousands from across the country will
participate in events and join the movement for healthy, affordable and
sustainable food. In 2011, the first year of the campaign, Food Day brought
together food movement leaders, organizations, physicians, nutritionists, labor
leaders, environmentalist, farmers, chefs, authors and cookbook writers, as
well as parents, children, teachers, and citizens … all united by their belief
in a better food system.
For 2012, Food
Day organizers are once again planning thousands of events from coast to coast
ranging from food festival, film screenings, candidate forms, debates,
farm-to-school events and supermarket tours to build awareness for issues as
varied as health and nutrition, hunger, agricultural policy, animal welfare, and
farm worker justice.
What is Happening Around Us
Shenandoah County, we teamed up with local growers/producers,
local markets and restaurants and put together some Food Day specials. To get the details ....
To find out more about events throughout the valley, see Shenandoah Valley Food Day.