PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, October 20, 2014

Food Day

Santa Barbara County Celebrates Food Day in a Big Way

The public is invited to attend a free kick-off event for Food Day — a nationwide celebration that inspires Americans to change their diets and our food policies — at the Back Door Deli, 315 Camino Del Remedio in Santa Barbara, from 11 am to 1 pm on Friday, October 24. The celebration will feature local growers, cooking and gardening demonstrations, free healthy samples, raffle prizes, a Zumba for preschoolers exercise demonstration, and activities that inspire people to “eat real”.

“Food Day is an opportunity to celebrate real food and learn more about our local food system. It is also a chance for community members to advocate for food justice, the nationwide theme for Food Day 2014, and work together to increase access to healthy, fresh, affordable food for everyone in our community,” Community Action Commission’s (CAC) Executive Director, Fran Forman said.

The fourth annual Food Day will see thousands of events in all 50 states aimed at promoting real and just food for all. Locally, Santa Barbara County residents will join together on Food Day to:
• Promote safer healthier diets
• Work towards an end to hunger in our community
• Support nutrition education to help students make healthy, informed choices
• Advocate for fair conditions for farm and food workers
• Support sustainable agriculture and environmental stewardship

“Food Day is a great way for all of us to learn more about health and nutrition. We invite community members to come out to the Food Day celebration, have fun, and join us in promoting access to healthy, affordable, sustainable food,” said Todd Kelly, CAC’s Nutrition Services Director.

Santa Barbara County Supervisor Salud Carbajal has sponsored a resolution declaring October 24 Food Day and Dr. Takashi Wada, Public Health Department Director, will deliver opening remarks at noon at the kick-off celebration.

Santa Barbara’s Food Day celebration is jointly sponsored by Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County (CAC) and the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department. Food Day celebration guests will have a chance to “ask a registered dietician” questions about health and nutrition, sign up for Cal-Fresh, and sample healthy foods. Food bank Santa Barbara County, Fairview Gardens, CAC Head Start, Network for a Healthy California, and the Santa Barbara Food Alliance, will be among the organizations on hand at the event.

All proceeds from CAC’s Back Door Deli support CAC’s Healthy Senior Lunch program, providing healthy meals to over 600 low-income and homebound seniors throughout Santa Barbara County each day. For event information call 805-964-8857.

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