URBANA, Ill. - Schools and communities across Illinois are called to begin planning events to celebrate National Food Day Oct. 24. This event calls attention to food access issues and celebrates the national movement for healthy, affordable, local, and sustainable food.
This week, the Illinois state coordinator for the National Farm to School Network and the Illinois Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) team announced they will work together to encourage Illinois schools, citizens, and farmers to observe Food Day together—the nationwide celebration and movement toward more healthy, affordable, sustainable, local food and a better food system.
The partners will do this by encouraging Illinois farmers to visit local schools and/or host a farm field trip for local school children. Additionally, lesson plans and other resources are being made available to Illinois teachers.
“Food Day is an excellent opportunity for Illinois schools to celebrate our local farmers and the growing Farm to School movement in our state,” said Julia Govis, the Illinois Farm to School program coordinator at University of Illinois Extension. Farm to School programs benefit entire communities, by promoting healthy eating habits in school children, increasing school lunch participation, and thereby revenues for the school, and by opening new markets that increase revenues for farmers.”
“Even if your school does not have a Farm to School program yet, Food Day is a great way to kick-start a program in your community,” she added.
For more information, visit http://www.foodday.org/.