Three Events Set to Help Middle Georgia Mark Food Day: Supporting the Creation of a Healthy, Affordable, Sustainable Food System

MACON — Macon Roots is sponsoring three public events to mark Food Day, a national grassroots effort for healthier diets and improved food policies. The events include food demonstrations, a sermon at a local church and a free screening of the film “GROW,” about young farmers in Georgia, followed by a panel discussion with farmers, food advocates and chefs.

Macon Roots is a local nonprofit dedicated to creating a just and sustainable food system for all of Middle Georgia, and participating in a nationwide grassroots effort to build a movement for sustainable food was an great fit, said founder Mark Vanderhoek.

“We are all connected to food because we all eat, and we in the sustainable and just food movement want to connect with our communities to show them we can all be connected to a sustainable and just food system without breaking the bank,” Vanderhoek said. “Our food system right now is harmful to the environment and our health, and that’s because we have lost that connection to our food. It’s time to get it back.”

Middle Georgia Food Day Events:

Food Day at the Mulberry Street Market
Live cooking demonstrations of healthy, in-season meals
Wednesday, Oct. 19
5 to 6:30 p.m. Mulberry Street Market

“Living Mindfully: What Would Jesus Eat”
Sermon by Beth Dunwody, director of worship and communications, Centenary
11 a.m. worship service
Sunday, Oct. 23
Centenary United Methodist Church
1290 College St.
Macon, Ga.

Free Showing of the Movie “GROW” with local food panel discussion
7 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 24
Medical School Auditorium
Mercer University
Macon, Ga.

Besides events in public places, Food Day organizers are encouraging families to have healthful potluck dinners with friends, and to use these gatherings as opportunities to talk informally about food and our nation’s food system. For inspiration, FoodDay.org will post a number of delicious recipes from well-known chefs and cookbook writers.

“Americans are craving change—they are improving their diets and they want to steer food and farm policies in a more just and sustainable direction,” said Michael F. Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which is providing national coordination for Food Day. “Food Day is a perfect opportunity for groups and advocates to advance their goals, for companies to announce more healthful or sustainably produced foods, and for health departments to launch new nutrition campaigns.”

Food Day’s advisory board, chaired by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), includes many of the most prominent voices for change in the food policy world, including urban farming proponent Will Allen, author Michael Pollan, scientists Walter Willett and Kelly Brownell, Seattle Mayor Michael McGinn, former Surgeons General Richard Carmona and David Satcher, executive directors of the American Public Health Association and American Dietetic Association, chefs Dan Barber, Nora Pouillon, Barton Seaver, and Alice Waters, cookbook author Nina Simonds, and others.

“All Americans will benefit from greater understanding and appreciation of food, agriculture and nutrition—spanning the food chain from farm families to family tables,” said Senator Harkin. “Participants in Food Day activities and events will be helping to promote better nutrition and health, lessen hunger and increase access to food, conserve and protect our land and water, and enhance the lives of consumers, farm families, and rural communities.”

About Macon Roots:
Macon Roots promotes a diverse, sustainable and local food system for Middle Georgia. We promote a sustainable food system through celebrating local food cultures, supporting garden and nutrition educational programs, creating networking opportunities, and increasing availability of locally grown food for all Middle Georgians. www.maconroots.org
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Media Contact: Mark Vanderhoek (478) 318-7202 or maconroots@gmail.com

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