Across the U.S., more than 4,500 events in all 50 states are taking place on and around October 24 in celebration of National Food Day. The School District of Palm Beach County’s Wellness Promotion Task Force encourages everyone to learn more about National Food Day and get involved in local community events. The third annual Food Day was held on Thursday, October 24, 2013. This nationwide celebration promotes a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food within communities. In addition, this grassroots campaign aims to establish better national food policies.
Food Day talking points are designed to be used at any time to booster the movement which was created by the Center for Science in the Public Interest and is led by a diverse coalition of food movement leaders and citizens. Their priorities address overarching concerns with the nation’s food system and encourage individuals to “eat real” by enjoying fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains while leaving behind sugary drinks, overly salted packaged foods, and factory-farmed meats. The talking points to emphasize are: Promote safer, healthier diets, Support sustainable and organic farms, Reduce hunger, Reform factory farms to protect the environment and animals, and finally, support fair working conditions for food and farm workers.
The PBC District’s School Food Service Department promoted Food Day by encouraging all schools to serve oranges on October 24th at the breakfast and/or lunch meals. Erneston & Son’s, Inc supplied fresh oranges for a healthy snack to Jerry Thomas Elementary School’s Running Club to promote Food Day awareness. Hammock Pointe Elementary promoted Food Day by having a Farmer’s Market and much more on Friday, October 25th at their Fall Festival Event from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
REF: SDPBC (Press Release) Public Affairs Office - Oct. 2013