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There are a lot of influential people advocating for a change in our eating habits.
The nation’s top chefs, including Alice Waters and Jamie Oliver, are on board; high-profile leaders, like Michelle Obama, are on board; celebrities, including Oprah, Susan Saradon, and 50 cent (yes, 50 cent), are on board; nationwide organizations, such as Slow Food USA, are on board; media outlets, like this one, are on board.
But that’s still not enough. Real change is in the hands of the home chefs and food providers in everyday American kitchens. That means me, and you.
On Monday, Food Day became part of a growing trend of community-centered movements hoping to target these providers. And, like most grassroots mobilizations, Food Day was contingent upon the initiative of volunteer event hosts willing to commit time and energy to share their knowledge about healthy sustainable food with their local communities.
Though the success of the first annual Food Day was relatively modest in scope and participation, these volunteers are laying the groundwork for widespread access to and education about healthy, sustainable foods.
Three such volunteers in the Boston area were Lyn Huckabee, Susan Johnston and Tara Belluci, the woman behind the Boston Food Swap. The three friends decided to use their planning expertise, gleaned from organizing monthly food swaps, to host a Food Day Community Sourced Potluck. Like other event hosts across the nation, they were willing to capitalize on their strengths and collective knowledge in support of Food Day.
“We had gotten so much attention early on [for the Boston Food Swap] and we have so many connections in the food blogger community, we felt we had something to offer the campaign,” explained Lyn Huckabee. Continue reading