Food Day

FOOD DAY - 2017 Edition

- October 24, 6 pm - Key note Speaker - Free Admission - location TBA
Award winning writer and Food Security expert, RAJ PATEL

- October 25, 11 am to 2 pm - UC Whitten Lounge

Food Day inspires Americans to change their diets and our food policies. Every October thousands of events all over the country bring Americans together to celebrate and enjoy real food and to push for improved food policies.


MONDAY, OCTOBER 24 - Free Admission

- 11 AM - 2 PM FAIR FOOD FAIR  in the UC Lower Lounge (map)     
      Come enjoy a free local dish, a Moringa drink, learn about healthy eating, local farming, community gardens, and get involved with the UM Real Food network!
- 1 PM - “Tropical Fruit Crush” Panoramic Picture - in front of the U Statue - Participate in a national social media effort to raise awareness about eating better diets and expanding access to fresh fruit and vegetables. Come eat a FREE local fruit!

STUDENT SPONSORS: Green Committee / ECO Agency, CommUnity Garden,

6 PM to 8 PM - KEYNOTE SPEAKER in the Shoma Hall, room 3053 - Communication International Building (map

“Healthy bodies, healthy minds: inspiring wellness for the next generation”


NANCY EASTON, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Wellness in the Schools (WITS), will discuss the childhood obesity epidemic and how her organization is leading the healthy food and fitness movement for kids in public schools across the nation.
More than a decade ago, Nancy founded WITS in a New York City classroom. Under her leadership, WITS now reaches 50,000 students in 100 schools nationwide. In the 2016/2017 school year, WITS started bringing wellness to kids in four South Florida schools.
Before founding WITS, Nancy spent 15 years as a teacher, mentor, and school leader at the New York City Department of Education. She is a regular commentator and speaker on school food and child wellness and has been recognized for her leadership from First Lady Michelle Obama, chef-food activist Jamie Oliver,  Ann Cooper, the “Renegade Lunch Lady,” and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer.
Bio - Wellness in the Schools
The Keynote Speaker event is sponsored by UM Department of Public Health Sciences 


Panel Leading to Food Day- Oct 18 at 7.30 pm:
“World Food Day 2016: Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too”

Climate change is affecting the health of our planet and changing our world. It is causing more natural disasters and environmental problems, which make it harder for us to grow food. Growing food is part of the problem too, as we have been taking shortcuts and harming our planet, with the aim of producing what we need. In order to feed a growing population set to reach 9.6 billion by the year 2050, we will have to learn to grow what we need in a sustainable way - a way that doesn’t continue to destroy our planet.
Panelists: Dr. Linda Parker; Dr. Andrew Porter; Dr. Thomas Harris




UM Fresh Table: Raising Fresh Produce For Our Community!

The Real Food Drive Campaign is a national project supported by Amp Your Good and Food Day, changing what we collect and how we collect it!
UM Fresh Table is a 4 week drive to raise 200lbs of fresh produce for the Miami Children’s Initiative Fresh Food Co-Op. Donations will be accepted October 3rd-28th.
Click here on October 3rd for the donation website. Let’s help increase fresh food at the table!


UM Dining Services: Greener Fields Together initiative and samples from Fresh Fusion.

UM Community Garden Club and Food Forest project from the Miami Baptist Collegiate Ministry: Plant your own garden in raised beds and learn about growing small food plants.

UM Wellness Center: Learn how to cook vegetarian, easy, healthy and delicious recipes. Taste free samples!

Student Health Services & Green U: Come taste our fresh organic smoothie and our special local organic MORINGA energy drink.

Bee Heaven Farm: Learn about Bee Haven Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs) and how you can support local South Florida farmers.

Urban Oasis: Learn about the incredible job UO is doing in the Verde Gardens Community Farm and Market.

Nature Links: Learn about how Nature Links provides continuing education opportunities in linked fields such as culinary arts, gardening, habitat restoration to our youth.

Southwest Farmers Market: SW Farmers Market is one of the new most vibrant markets in county, come discover what they have to offer.

UF/IFAS/Miami Dade County Extension and Coca Cola: Learn about water conservation and composting from MDC which brings cutting edge conservation research to our South Florida gardens, farms and community. Get a chance to win Rain Barrel sponsored by Coca Cola!

Feeding South Florida: Did you know that 1 in 5 children in South Florida go to bed hungry? You can help. Feeding South Florida’s mission is to end hunger in South Florida by providing access to nutritious food.

Edible South Florida: The #1 magazine for Real Food, Farmers market, local growers, local chefs and everything related to food systems in SE Florida

UM Office of Civic & Community Engagement and the Butler Center: Learn about how you can get more involved in the Food Justice issues you are passionate about – on and off campus.

Plus, visit tables from UM Student Organizations who care about Food Justice in the Breezeway!

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Cooking Master class VIDEO by the Wellness Center: Learn how to cook delicious and easy to make recipes and taste some samples right on the spot
Recipes: Set 1  -  Set 2