Celebrate local food during Food Day Oct. 24

On Oct. 24, folks in Minneapolis and across the country will gather at Food Day events to both learn about and advocate for local food. Food Day is an opportunity to get Americans cooking healthy, delicious meals for their families again and encourage people to eat more fresh fruits, vegetables, and healthy whole grains—and support the local farms that produce them. The City of Minneapolis’ Department of Health and Family Support (MDHFS) is sponsoring numerous Food Day events throughout the City.

Corner Store events
As part of its efforts to promote and expand the Minneapolis Healthy Corner Store Program, the City is working with four current partner stores to promote Food Day. Activities will include sales on fresh produce and distribution of mini tote bags to the first 200 customers at each store. For more information, please contact Aliyah Ali at (612) 673-3861.

Food Day Forums at Minneapolis charter schools
Minnesota Internship Centers (MIC) will host viewings of the films “Supersize Me” and “Food Inc.” to students at all four sites – Unity, U-Tec, Sabathani, East. Students will participate in a discussion about the films and how food impacts health. They will also take the opportunity to talk about school lunch and menus with staff. Each school will have a local food lunch on Friday, Oct. 28.

Augsburg Fairview Academy, at 2504 Columbus Ave. S., will incorporate healthy cooking and taste testing into all health classes during Food Day. They will use the opportunity to discuss nutrition, healthy local foods and their school meals and menus. All health classes will be participating in healthy cooking demonstrations throughout the day. Contact Sarah Reuben Meillier at (612) 673-2672 for more information about these school projects.


Valuing Our Individual Cultures through Engagement (VOICE) event

Park Avenue United Methodist Church, 34th and Park Avenue, 5:30 p.m.

Members of the African American Community, including VOICE participants, and United Methodist church members, will gather to discuss:

A food demonstration will be conducted and organic produce will be donated by Sisters of Camelot so participants can try the food demonstration recipes at home. KMOJ radio host Clarence Jones will broadcast his Community Health Dialogue program live at the event from 6:30-7 p.m. Contact Maria Sarabia at (612) 673-3863 for more information.

Making it Better and Homegrown Minneapolis Displays at U of MN Food Expo, Coffman Memorial Union, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Making it Better
seeks to bring people together through stories of Minneapolis residents who are working to make their communities healthier by increasing access to healthy foods and physical activity opportunities. During the month of October, those that are making changes in their community, schools and worksites are asked to submit their story of how they are making it better for a chance to win prizes and potentially be featured in a new Making it Better advertisement debuting in January 2012. Stories will be collected at the MIB Display at the Food Expo. Homegrown Minneapolis is a citywide initiative expanding our community’s ability to grow, process, distribute, eat and compost more healthy, sustainable, locally grown foods and will also be featured at the Expo. Contact Kristen Klingler at (612) 673-2910 for more information.

Published Oct 21, 2011