SUNY Cobleskill Celebrates
Food Day in a Big Way
Community event calls attention to food access issues in Cobleskill and celebrates national movement for health, affordable, and sustainable food
Over one thousand SUNY Cobleskill students celebrated Food Day today - the nationwide celebration and movement toward more healthy, affordable, sustainable food and a better food system - with a kick-off at Prentice and Champlin Dining Halls.
"Food Day is an opportunity to celebrate real food and the growing movement to fix the food system," said Dr. Anne Rogan, Professor in the Department of Agriculture and Food Management. "Students at SUNY Cobleskill are particularly invested in improving the food system since their career tracks are in Agriculture, Food Processing, or Culinary Arts."
Food Day is celebrated every year on October 24th as a day of action to move toward more healthy, affordable, and sustainable food culminating. It is a chance to celebrate what our food system does right and take action to bring us closer to a food system with "real food" that is produced with care for the environment, animals, and the men and women who grow, harvest, and serve it.
Food Day's Priorities are to:
- Promote safer, healthier diets
- Support sustainable and organic farms
- Reduce Hunger
- Reform factory farms to protect the environment
- Support fair working conditions for food and farm workers
Locally SUNY Cobleskill joined together on Food Day to advocate for:
- An increase in the number of food products grown within 50 miles of campus in the bucolic Schoharie Valley
- Additional nutirition education on campus to help students make healthy, informed food choices
- Use of farmers markets for shopping especially the online farmer's market and Schoharie Fresh.
Local growers provided fresh ingredients to many of the Cobleskill events. Many of the growers were recruited by Jeff Weissinger, Director of Campus Dining, who is committed to increasing the locally sourced food offered to students. "We were excited to hear about Food Day and are happy to help out and let people know about what local agriculture does for the community," said Maureen Blanchard who oversees the Schoharie Fresh online market. "Food Day is not just a daylong event but an opportunity to make a permanent change that supports a more sustainable and healthy future."