IFFS Celebrates 2016 Food Day

Food Day inspires Americans to change their diets and our food policies. Every October 24, thousands of events all around the country bring Americans together to celebrate and enjoy real food and to push for improved food policies.

IFFS celebrates and advocates for “real  food”—and what do we mean by that?

We mean food that is whole, fresh, healthy, and minimally processed—plus affordable and  produced with care for the environment, farm animals, and the people who grow, harvest, and serve it. Each year for Food Day, the Nutrition Department at IFFS hosts Cooking Matters at the Store- guided, healthy grocery tours in our service area.  This year we will be running 18 tours in 3 different service counties, reaching an estimate of 150 participants.

Food Lion Feeds $10 challenge

The tours end with a” $10 Challenge” where participants practice their new skills by purchasing items for a balanced meal using a $10 Food Lion gift card. The gift cards were generously donated by Food Lion as part of their corporate focus on hunger relief through the #FoodLionFeeds campaign.

Cafeteria Taste Test

In addition to Cooking Matters at the Store tours, IFFS will celebrate Food Day at Eastway Elementary in Durham. In partnership with Durham School Nutrition Services, Farmer Foodshare, and Durham Innovative Nutrition Education (DINE), we are hosting a squash casserole cafeteria taste test. The taste test involves 600 students, hundreds of pounds of locally grown squash, and one amazing educational celebration!

We believe it’s 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.

If you would like more information on volunteering for Cooking Matters at the Store tours, please click here.

If you would like more information about volunteering at Eastway Elementary please contact Sabina@FoodShuttle.org