America Celebrates Food Day with More than 2,000 Events in 50 States

Oct 24, 2011, 14:44 ET from Center for Science in the Public Interest

Observations Include an "Eat In" in Times Square; a Festival in Savannah, GA; an Open House at the National Archives; and Events in Schools, Churches, Campuses, and Homes

NEW YORK, Oct. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today a diverse range of organizations, public officials, and Americans from all walks of life are celebrating Food Day—a nationwide grassroots mobilization that encourages Americans to eat healthy, delicious food grown in a sustainable and humane way and to advocate for smarter food policies.  Spearheaded by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Food Day is being observed in all 50 states with more than 2,000 events nationwide.

In the heart of Times Square, 50 notables from the food movement, including restaurateur Mario Batali, filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, Food Network host Ellie Krieger, nutritionist Marion Nestle, and several dozen area food activists staged an Eat Real "Eat In."  The group came together at a communal table, shared a healthy and sustainable meal (with most ingredients from the farmers market and recipes from Krieger's latest cookbook, Comfort Food Fix), and engaged in spirited conversation about the critical food policy issues facing the city and the nation.  

"The typical American diet is promoting major health problems, causing serious environmental pollution, and unintentionally creating poor working conditions for those who harvest, process, and prepare our food," said Michael F. Jacobson, CSPI's executive director.  "It's time to urge Americans to change their own diets for the better and to mobilize for desperately needed changes in food and farm policy."

In just a few months, the campaign gained tremendous significant momentum, including the active participation of numerous grassroots-oriented partners, like Slow Food USA, the labor group Unite Here, and the campus-based Real Food Challenge. is devoting its homepage to food issues.  Dole Food Company and Bolthouse Farms have placed millions of Food Day stickers on bananas and bags of carrots, respectively.  Media partners including Cooking Channel and the wellness-oriented cable channel Veria Living have promoted Food Day.  Conde-Nast's award-winning teamed up with Whole Foods Market to encourage dinner parties aimed at raising money for local food charities.

More than 30 governors and mayors have proclaimed October 24 as Food Day, including those in Colorado, Ohio, Oregon, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, and Washington, DC.  

"The many activities and events spurred by Food Day will help foster a robust dialogue on how to promote better nutrition and health, lessen hunger and increase access to food, enhance opportunities for farm families and rural communities, and conserve natural resources," said Senator Harkin.  "There are differing ideas and perspectives on these issues and surely we all benefit from discussions about the connections among food, farms, and health."

"Food Day is about bringing people together, celebrating the incredible progress we have made in ensuring that Americans have access to safe, healthy foods—but also to recognize that there is still work to be done," said Congresswoman DeLauro. "A shocking one in five children in this country are termed 'food insecure,' which means simply that they likely do not have enough to eat each day. And we have seen in recent weeks a food safety recall of cantaloupes that have resulted in the deaths of 25 people.  So on this very first Food Day, let us not only recognize the great strides we have made, but also keep moving forward and making progress towards a better, healthier America."

Food Day, like CSPI, is people-powered and accepts no funding from corporations or government grants.

SOURCE Center for Science in the Public Interest