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Food Day: 5 Ways to Get Involved

, October 24th, 2012

Today is Food Day, an expansive nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food.

Just one of our healthy school meals!

DC Central Kitchen is celebrating Food Day EVERY DAY by producing 10,000 healthy meals using fresh fruits and vegetables, much of it sourced from local farms.

We’re also changing eating habits by providing affordable fresh produce to corner stores in food deserts, educating kids about nutrition through the Truck Farm, and serving healthy meals to 10 DC schools. Through the Culinary Job Training program, we’re exposing our students to healthy cooking techniques and providing nutritional education. Healthy, affordable, and sustainable food is central to our mission.

Here are some ways YOU can be a part of Food Day.

Lydia Mills, DCCK’s Nutrition Outreach Coordinator, is out there teaching kids about nutrition via the innovative Truck Farm project.

1) Eat lunch at Chipotle TODAY!
Chipotle is a great partner in the fight to get healthy and sustainable food into DC public schools. Today, they have pledged $15,000 in proceeds from DC Chipotle stores toward our Healthy School Food program. So get down there and eat something healthy! Tell them we sent you.

2) Volunteer at DC Central Kitchen
Did you know that nearly all of our meals are scratch cooked using healthy fresh produce, much of it sourced from local farms? You can be part of the solution by signing up to volunteer – transforming that healthy produce into 5,000 meals. For the next 30 days, we’re going to be awarding free Chipotle burritos to our most outstanding volunteers. Check out all the action on Pinterest.

3) Write a Letter to the Editor
Tell your favorite newspaper, blog, or magazine how much you support local food and mention how DC Central Kitchen is breaking nutritional barriers in DC by serving healthy school meals, combating food deserts, and sourcing from local farms.

4) Organize a Group Fundraiser
Thanksgiving is around the corner and there is so much you can do to get your organization or group involved in our mission to use healthy and sustainable food as a tool to transform communities. Contact Abby Elsener at for ideas.

5) Host a Food Day Event
The Food Day website provides a ton of resources to engage your friends and neighbors in the discussion to spark community change.

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