Food Day is today!! Happy Food Day!! What is food day you might ask? It is a day where people get together and celebrate food and how it can help build healthy, sustainable communities. It is sponsored by the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
*There are six goals Food Day aims to achieve:
1. Reduce diet-related disease by promoting safe, healthy foods
2. Support sustainable farms and limit subsidies to big agribusiness
3. Expand access to food and alleviate hunger
4. Protect the environment and animals by reforming factory farms
5. Promote health by curbing junk-food marketing to kids
6. Support fair conditions for food and farm workers
To celebrate food day at the Friedman School Mayor Menino, Boston’s mayor talked about what Boston is doing with food to promote healthy living in the city.
He shared three main pillars to incorporate food for successful and healthy communities. Having access to reasonably priced foods, making them affordable to everyone(Boston Bounty Bucks)and building and utilizing a strong food economy are all keys to Boston’s success.
One of the points the mayor made sure to hammer home was that Boston has so many great food resources: restaurants, food trucks, universities, hospitals, community gardens etc. and we need to make sure to all work together to achieve our goals.
Also of note, tomorrow kicks off Boston CanShare, a city wide food drive celebrating its 25th anniversary. Donate cans or make financial contribution. You can find drop-off locations on the website, but it seems that most fire houses will be accepting cans. I
One thing was apparent from Mayor Menino’s talk: he loves food and he loves his city. And if we all work together we can make the city a healthier place to be.
Happy food day!!! And stay tuned to read full coverage of the event in the November issue of the Friedman Sprout.