Food Day is a nationwide celebration of and movement toward more healthy, affordable, and sustainable food culminating in a day of action on October 24 every year. Created by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest and driven by a diverse coalition of food movement leaders and citizens, Food Day aims to bring us closer to a food system with “real food” that is produced with care for the environment, animals, and the women and men who grow, harvest, and serve it. This year, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle is participating in Food Day events all across the Triangle! We believe it is crucial to increase access to “real food,” empower people to meet their own food needs and grow a secure, healthy, just, and sustainable local food system that feeds everyone healthy, nutritious food. All of our programs address the two main barriers to food security: lack of income to purchase enough food and lack of access to enough healthy, nutritious food. Find us at these events to learn more:
- UNC Chapel Hill’s Food Day Film Festival– UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health will be hosting a four-day Food Day Film Festival on UNC’s campus. Each day will feature a film that touches on a specific Food Day priority, and each film will be followed by an expert panel discussion that delves deeper into the film’s topic and provides an opportunity to engage in conversation. All films will be screened at 7:00 pm and are open to the public.
- On Monday, Oct 22, Ricky Bratz, our Young Farmer Training Program Coordinator will speak on a panel following the film The Greenhorns
- On Wednesday, Oct 24, Maurice Small, our Urban Ag Program Educator, will speak on a panel following the film, Food Forward.
- UNC Chapel Hill’s Food Day Fair Wednesday, Oct 24. 11am-1pm, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Hooker Atrium. Learn more about how local organizations like Inter-Faith Food Shuttle are working to promote access to healthy, affordable, and sustainable food for all people in the Triangle area. Come talk to our Nutrition Education team to learn more about the work we do to increase food access and justice, and how you can get involved.
- Duke Real Food Campaign’s “Food for Thought: A Dinner Celebration on Chapel Quad” An outdoor dinner will be held on Chapel Quad 5:00-6:30pm at Duke University to support Real Food - food that is community based, fair, humane, and ecologically sound. Our Local Produce Coordinator Lindsay Perry will be there along with students, faculty, farmers, activists, food providers, and sustainable restaurants to share a meal and ideas about how we can make a more sustainable food system possible.
- Meredith College’s Food Day 2012 – We’ll also be at Meredith’s first-ever food event 11a-2pm in Meredith’s Belk Courtyard. Find us among farmers, fresh produce, chefs, vendors, chickens, a beekeeper, and more! The purpose of the fair is to educate attendees what real food is and what contributes to producing, consuming and procuring food in relation to the consumer, the environment, producers and community.
Find us at these events, or volunteer with us to make EVERY DAY a Food Day. Find out more about our programs at www.FoodShuttle.org