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Food Day in Santa Barbara

Food Day is a national celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food taking place all over the nation on October 24th—including Santa Barbara County.  This is an opportunity to educate our youth about “Eating Real” – cutting back on sugary drinks, unhealthy processed foods, and meat-heavy diets in favor of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and sustainably raised protein.

This annual event involves some of the country’s most prominent food advocates, united by a vision of food that is healthy, affordable, and produced with care for the environment, farm animals, and the people who grow, harvest, and serve it. In 2012, Food Day inspired 3,200 activities across the country, including thousands of school activities, community festivals in Denver, Savannah, and New York City, and a national conference in Washington, DC.

Why Food Day?

From www.foodday.org: The typical American diet contributes to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other costly health problems. Plus, a meat-heavy diet takes a heavy toll on the environment. Eating Real can save your own health and put our food system on a more humane, sustainable path. With America’s resources, there’s no excuse for hunger, low wages for food and farm workers, or inhumane conditions for farm animals.

 Santa Barbara Schools Celebrate Food Day

Many schools in Santa Barbara County will celebrate Food Day on October 24.  Activities vary for each school but may include:

  • Healthy Lunch Contest
  • Plant Based entrees in school cafeterias
  • Junk Food Ban for the day
  • Discussions in the classroom
  • Fruit and Vegetable Tasting
  • Videos about Food Day, such as: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4jehbPknfo

Food Day Celebration in Santa Barbara

The Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara will host a free Food Day Celebration. This event will feature gardening demonstrations, local and organic food samplings, presentations, music, raffle prizes, and activities that inspire people to “eat real.” This is a FREE EVENT and welcomes all Food Day enthusiasts. Location: Back Door Deli, 315 Camino Del Remedio. Time: 11am-1pm.

Share Your Stories 

How will you celebrate Food Day? Visit the Food Day Website to get inspired. Then email The Orfalea Foundation’s Food Literacy Manager at melissaf@orfalea.org. We will collect photos and stories of Food Day events and create a picture of our entire county’s involvement. We’d love to share your stories at the national, state, and community level, so please remember to take pictures. We look forward to celebrating Food Day 2013 with you.

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