October 24 is National Food Day, “a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food and a grassroots campaign for better food policies. Food Day aims to help people Eat Real. That means cutting back on sugar drinks, overly salted packaged foods, and fatty, factory-farmed meats in favor of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and sustainably raised protein. Food Day envisions shorter lines at fast-food drive-throughs—and bigger crowds at farmers markets. This annual event involves some of the country’s most prominent food activists, 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.”
Events are taking place all over New York City. Follow the action on Twitter #Foodday2013.
Big Apple Crunch
GrowNYC is holding the Big Apple Crunch aiming to set a world record of 1,000,000 people.There will be group crunches happening in many locations throughout the City on October 24th, including at all of the Greenmarkets that will be open that day. To find a Greenmarket farmers market near you, click here:
Harlem Cares About Food, Health & Hunger
Coalition members from The Partnership for a Healthier Manhattan are teaming up to host a full-day of healthy food and cooking events all around Harlem and Upper Manhattan, including Harvest Home Farmers Market and La Marqueta. Here are the line-up of events:
Let’s Get Cooking with Kids
In 2013, Food Day has a special focus on activities aimed at teaching kids to cook. Try a new recipe, or a new vegetable, and join the celebration by cooking a meal from scratch with family and friends. Submit a photo of yourself or your family cooking a healthy meal for a chance to win a Jamie Oliver cookbook! Visit http://bit.ly/1bg24rp to submit a photo via Facebook, or post your photo on Twitter or Instagram using hashtag #LetsGetCooking. Voting ends October 31, and the 3 top-voted entries will win. Visithttp://bit.ly/1bg24rp to enter or vote on your favorite cooking photo.