By: Christy Merritt, Dietetic Intern
October 24, 2013, marks the third annual Food Day. Food Day celebrates healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food. It is also a grassroots campaign for better food policies. On this day thousands of events are happening all over the United States to educate and advocate for a healthier future. Food day strives to encourage consumption of more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, sustainably raised protein sources and less sugary drinks, high-sodium packaged foods and factory-farmed meats.
Food Day has many priorities concerning issues within the food system:
· Promote safer, healthier diets
· Support sustainable and organic farms
· Reduce hunger
· Reform factory farms to protect the environment and farm animals
· Support fair working conditions for food and farm workers
At Second Harvest, we aim to reduce hunger and food waste every day. Billions of pounds of perfectly good food go to waste every year in this country. Second Harvest salvages some of this food from being thrown away and distributes it to needy members of our community.
We’re excited that harvest time is upon. You’ll find many fresh fruits and vegetables in our warehouse this time of year. Providing these nutrient-rich foods to the community is an important step toward reducing obesity and obesity-related illnesses, in addition to reducing hunger. Second Harvest partners with local farms that provide fresh produce after the initial harvest through gleaning (http://www.endhunger.org/florida-calendar.htm) programs. Some of the fresh produce that you find in our warehouse today includes: corn, sweet potatoes and cucumbers.
If you would like to learn more about how Second Harvest fights hunger, please join us for one of our upcoming Food for Thought tours. If you would like to learn more about Food Day visit www.FoodDay.org.
Food Day Tweets
#FoodDay2013 is the official hashtag.
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