October 24th is National Food Day, a nationwide celebration and movement for healthy, affordable and sustainable food. National Food Day supports priorities such as promoting safer and healthier diets, sustainable and organic farming, reducing hunger and reforming factory farms. Actually, Food Day is a year-long event with over 3200 hundred events around the country, and October 24th is the culminating day of this year-long journey.
Great goals, fabulous events and dedicated people are finding creative ways to address the problems that affect all of us socially and environmentally. But what is the purpose of holding so many events? How does it relate to us, to our families and to our communities? Who has time to address all of this when we are overworked and spread too thin? As individuals can we really make a difference?
The short answer is yes, we can make a difference. By becoming part of a community-wide effort we can address the food system issues that are critical to us and to our environment. By joining a group, we connect ourselves with the wider community across the nation. By involving our children, we teach them that collaboration and creativity may be able to bring down the barriers that separate us.
All of our communities face issues. Open discussions, events and programs that look at public health problems and ways to make good food more accessible and sustainable in our communities do make a difference. By becoming part of the conversation we can ensure that the dots get connected, not only for us, but for future generations.
So, this year we encourage you to get involved. You can find out what’s going on in your area at www.foodday.org. Post your thoughts and ideas on our Facebook page and let us know how you connect the dots!