Events across Oregon will highlight healthy, sustainable and affordable food
WHAT: The state of Oregon will showcase a number of events in honor of Food Day, a national grassroots campaign sponsored by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Food Day will bring people together from across the country on and around Monday, October 24 to participate in activities and events that encourage Americans to “eat real” and support healthy, affordable food grown in a sustainable, humane way. Modeled on Earth Day, organizers hope Food Day will inspire Americans to hold thousands of events in schools, college campuses, houses of worship, and even in private homes aimed at fixing America’s food system.
Governor John A. Kitzhaber has proclaimed October 24 to be Food Day in the State of Oregon, and Mayor Sam Adams of the City of Portland will do so on October 19. Businesses and organizations statewide are following suit with special Food Day events, including:
Event: City of Portland Food Day proclamation with Mayor Sam Adams, city officials and community leaders.
Date & Time: October 19, 9:30 am
Location: Portland City Hall
Event: Book talk with Oran Hesterman, author of Fair Food: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All, followed by a tasting of local foods.
Date & Time: October 24, 6 pm – 8 pm
Location: Ecotrust Events Center, 721 NW 9th Ave, Portland
Event: An announcement by Kaiser Permanente and Zenger Farm to recognize the grant recipients of the Healthy Food Access funding initiative.
Date & Time: October 24, 9 am
Location: Zenger Farm, 11741 SE Foster Rd, Portland
Event: A Harvest Exchange including a canned goods food swap, speakers, film screening and cooking demonstrations.
Date & Time: October 19, 5:30 pm – 8 pm
Location: Springhouse Cellar, 13 Railroad Street, Hood River
Event: A Food Education Fair with info booths, cooking demos, door prizes and food samples.
Date & Time: October 24, 5 pm – 7 pm
Location: Lebanon Public Library, 55 Academy Street, Lebanon
KEY VISUALS: book signing and food tasting with Oran Hesterman, Mayoral proclamation, food swap, cooking demonstrations.
For more information and a complete list of event times and locations, please click here to visit the Food Day Oregon blog.
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ABOUT FOOD DAY
Many of the most prominent voices for change in the food movement and a growing number of health, hunger and sustainable agriculture groups have teamed up with CSPI to launch Food Day. Food Day’s all-star advisory board includes prominent people – from Michael Pollan, Alice Waters and Jane Fonda, to Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), and organizations like the American Public Health Association, the Humane Society, and the Earth Day Network. Visit the Food Day website, foodday.org for the latest news and information.