Edible Communities is partnering with Barnraiser, a crowd-funding site that helps raise money for farmers and good food projects. As a founding member, Edible will be sharing some of our favorite food projects launched by innovators working to reshape a healthier food world. This week we’ll highlighting Food Day, a day aimed to inspire Americans to change their diets and our food policies. On October 24, thousands of events will be held all over the country to celebrate real food and to push for improved food policies.
Jack Johnson, Michael Pollan, Andrew Zimmern of Bizarre Foods, Gail Simmons of Top Chef and Kevin Bacon are just some of the celebrities working to get the message of good food in front of millions. Five dollars spreads this message to 1,000 people. Barnraiser and Food Day are working to encourage millions to back just $5 to the project.
Check out what Food Day has already accomplished across the U.S.:
• Texas: Thanks to the enthusiasm generated by Food Day in Houston, the city now has an Obesity Task Force and a Healthy Food Resolution.
• Boston: One week after Food Day’s “Justice in the Food Chain” conference at Northeastern University in Boston, dining workers ratified their first contract with the food service provider—bringing them a living wage, affordable health care, and increased sourcing of healthy, sustainable, and local foods.
• New Orleans: On Food Day, the Lower Ninth Ward Food Access Coalition in New Orleans created the ward’s first-ever pop-up market to bring attention to food insecurity in the ward.
• Schools: Food Day’s unifying action “Let’s Get Cooking with Kids” introduced 100,000 kids to healthy cooking resources and recipes.
• Michigan: The Michigan Apple Crunch reached over 200,000 students who crunched into a Michigan apple in celebration of healthy, local food.