Worcester celebrates healthy foods and humane farming in a big way!

Worcester Celebrates Food Day in a Big Way!

Food Day will be celebrated at Worcester State University on October 24 with a film festival, workshop series and a farmers’ market. The Canal District Farmers’ Market will celebrate in Kelly Square on Thursday the 24 from 3 pm – 7 pm. At the Community Harvest Project in North Grafton a kid-friendly film and free taco bar by Chipotle will also happen on the 24th at 5:30.

All events are free and open to the public and details can be found at http://worcesterfoodday.org.

The event committee, comprised of organizations including the Regional Environmental Council, Worcester Food & Active Living Policy Council, Worcester State University, WooFood, YMCA, Community Harvest Project, and the MA Farm to School Project are planning a family-fun day filled with activities including local produce for sale, kids activities, home gardening demonstrations, nutrition and health screenings, information booths from local community partners, and live entertainment.

“Food Day is not only an excellent opportunity for communities to celebrate all the exciting work being done in Worcester around healthy food, it is also a time for our residents to see their role in our local food system,” stated Commissioner of Public Health, Dr. Michael Hirsh. “Many are unaware that right here in Worcester we have over 60 community and school gardens, a Mobile Farmers’ Market and numerous additional great resources that are providing locally grown, healthy food year round. Food Day is a great time to highlight this work and continue with the momentum of assuring healthy food access, sustainability and promotion in our City. The phrase”you are what you eat” applies to both individuals and to the Central Mass. Regional Public Health Alliance as a whole”.

Food Day acknowledges this reality and celebrates our regional efforts to prove our Public Health with better nutrition equitably distributed.

Food Day is a national campaign to draw attention to and celebrate healthy, affordable foods produced in a humane, sustainable way and to fix the food system by:

· Promote safer, healthier diets

· Support sustainable and organic farms

· Reduce hunger

· Reform factory farms to protect animals and the environment

· Support fair working conditions for food and farm workers

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