Maine CDC Press Release

October 24, 2012

Maine Celebrates National Food Day

AUGUSTA – Maine Governor Paul R. LePage, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) and the Department of Agriculture Conservation and Forestry invite Maine people to celebrate the nation’s second national Food Day on October 24. Schools, hospitals, State agencies, nonprofit organizations, businesses, universities and colleges all have celebrations planned to recognize and support healthy, affordable and sustainable food.

Nationally, October 24 is a one-day event designed to specially recognize and enjoy locally produced or raised foods, local farms and farmers, school gardens, farm-to-school programs and healthier eating.

Events are happening all over Maine this week. For example, St. Mary’s Hospital Nutrition Center is hosting an “Alive in Lewiston” home-style meal featuring local farm ingredients, live Americana music and community inspired art. On the Mall at the University of Maine at Orono, campus groups are holding a “Real Food Potluck,” to celebrate local farmers, friends and food. And at the Manchester School in Windham, Mrs. Sanborn’s 4th grade class prepared Rachel Ray’s Curried Carrot Soup with Jeanne Reilly, Director of School Nutrition and Stephanie Joyce, Registered Dietician for the Windham-Raymond School District. The soup featured orange, purple and yellow carrots that the students had grown and harvested themselves from their school garden. The final product was garnished with fresh chives from the Windham High School garden and light sour cream.

Dr. Sheila Pinette, Director of Maine CDC, encourages all Maine people to eat healthy foods on this day, with the hope that one day will turn into every day. “People across the nation struggle with their diets and maintaining a healthy weight,” Pinette said. “Even small changes can make a difference.”

A listing of other Food Day activities is available at: http://www.foodday.org .