Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, October 18, 2012

University celebrates national Food Day with series of October events

Campus units and departments, along with students, are hosting various events throughout October to promote sustainable, locally grown foods, healthy diets and awareness of local hunger.

The United States recognizes Oct. 24 as national Food Day, and encourages the nation to join in the celebration of healthy, affordable and sustainably produced food. Learn more about Food Day.

The events are organized by individual units in celebration of Food Day, a nationwide campaign to promote safe, healthy, sustainable foods and best-practice food polices. Participants include the Division of Student Affairs, MHealthy, the U-M Health System, Office of Safety & Environmental Health and students from the Central Student Government and U-M Sustainable Food Program.

"Celebrating Food Day brings together the efforts of units across campus to promote the use of sustainable foods and local produce, and provides campus with several opportunities to get involved locally and participate in the larger, national movement," said Andy Berki, manager of the Office of Campus Sustainability.

Events to come this month include:

• M-Healthy Produce Cart; today, Taubman Center.

• University Unions Canned Food Drive; Oct. 22-26; Michigan Union U-go's, Pierpont U-go's, Michigan League Beansters.

• Farm Fresh Wednesday; Oct. 24; Michigan Union U-go's.

• UMHS Food Drive; through Nov. 2; UMHS.

A full list of events can be found on the Planet Blue website. In addition to the various activities occurring throughout the month, all residential dining hall menus will feature local, seasonal foods for lunch and dinner on Oct. 24.

Earlier this month, students participated by hosting the Harvest Festival, which featured food grown on a 2-acre parcel at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens, and MFarmers' Markets in the University Unions and at Pierpont Commons.