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October 15, 2011

Food Day Celebrates Roots of Food

Focus on healthy, humane eating on Oct. 24 and year-round

  • Celebrate Food Day October 24. The HSUS

The Humane Society of the United States is supporting Food Day on Oct. 24, helping to raise awareness about humane eating and America's food system.

Food Day is a nationwide celebration initiated by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest. It is a grassroots effort to push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way in communities across the country.

"The purpose of Food Day is to encourage healthy eating, which means more fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains—and to support the local farms that produce this good food," said Marie Rietmann, Food Day faith outreach director. 

The HSUS will partner with gardein™ and Field Roast to give away food samples in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Texas and Virginia.

Many faith-based organizations are also supporting Food Day. They include: Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, Interfaith Food and Farms Partnership; The Episcopal Church, Office of Economic and Environmental Affairs; Franciscan Action Network; Jewish Community Centers Association of America; MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger; National Catholic Rural Life Conference; Union of Reform Judaism; United Church of Christ and Women of Reform Judaism.

Food Day organizers are offering special blessings and prayers for the events.

Watch the HSUS documentary "Eating Mercifully" and order your free copy of the DVD. Or enjoy the HSUS Faith Outreach booklet series, including"Compassionate Eating as Care of Creation"and other resources.

To participate in a Food Day event in your community, post an event, or to find out how to organize one, visit www.foodday.org.

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