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Food Day

Food Day in the United States is celebrated annually on October 24 and often throughout the month. The celebration was started in 1975 by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) in an attempt to create an event similar to Earth Day.

Food Education

Food manufacturers and fast-food chains spend billions convincing kids to want junk food, placing ads on Nickelodeon, and even reaching kids through apps and online games. Partly as a result, one in three children is overweight or obese, and kids are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at younger and younger ages.

We believe that all children should understand the story of their food: where it comes from, how it was produced, and what it means for personal and public health. Equipping children with food and nutrition education—in the kitchen and in the classroom— will empower them with lifelong skills. Research on food education has proven that:

  • Knowledge about food and nutrition increases children’s fruit and vegetable consumption.
  • Cooking and preparing fresh foods enhances children’s appreciation for healthier and diverse foods.
  • Planting and harvesting fruits and vegetables motivates children to also eat them.

Food Education Resources

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