Thursday, October 17, 2019

Celebrate National Food Day with Our Sustainable Food Systems Program

With National Food Day approaching on Oct. 24, there are a number of ways to celebrate! Check out this Q&A interview with our Cafe at Rio Program Director, Michael Hodgins, as he shares his views about this important holiday.

Q. Why is National Food Day so important?
A. National Food Day is important because it raises awareness about food issues in the United States. Things like hunger, food justice, food health and education, sustainable growing practices, fair treatment of food workers and farm animal welfare, to name a few.

Q. How can people celebrate National Food Day?
A. There are many meaningful ways to celebrate National Food Day! People can celebrate by going to a planned event, like the Phoenix Food Day & Healthfest celebration on October 26, 2019 (at the Cartwright Community Garden, 4208 N. 51st Ave. from 9am to 2pm). Or folks can visit a farmer’s market and purchase local produce to come home and prepare with family and friends.

Q. How does the Café @ Rio celebrate local food choices and sustainable food systems?
A. At the Café @ Rio, we like to think of every day as food day. We are committed to serving fresh foods that nourish the body and soul. As such, we have an onsite garden used by Sustainable Food Systems students, and the fresh produce is used by the Café @ Rio. On Thursday October 24, 2019, the Café @ Rio will even be featuring Farm-to Fork specials to celebrate National Food Day.

Q. How can people create their own sustainable food system or incorporate local food choices at home?
A. At Rio Salado College, we look at sustainability as, “meeting the needs of the current generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” If you add the word "food" into that statement, it becomes, “meeting the food needs of the current generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own food needs.” A sustainable food system uses practices that work in tandem with the Earth, rather than depleting its natural resources. Some ways to eat more sustainably include buying from local farms to reduce food miles and increase nutrient density, eating a more plant-based diet, eating lower on the food chain, and eating foods that are in-season.

Q. Do you have any favorite "healthy choice" recipes that you would like to share with us?
A. Yes! You can check them out here.

Want to learn more about our Sustainable Food Systems program? Check out our website here!