National Food Week at JMU

Food Day is a national grassroots campaign to raise awareness on food-related issues by promoting events the week of October 24-27th that support the 6 Food Day Priorities. Student organizations and University departments from all over campus have teamed up to put together an exciting series of events to support the priorities listed below and show JMU students what is available in the Harrisonburg community for those that realize our food system needs to change.

The 6 Food Day Priorities:

  1. Reduce diet-related disease by promoting healthy foods
  2. Curb junk food marketing to kids
  3. Support sustainable farms and limit subsidies to big agribusiness
  4. Protect the environment and animals by reforming factory farms
  5. Expand access to food and hunger
  6. Support fair conditions for food and farm workers

Campus Events

Join us all week as we celebrate our local food culture. Learn more about these events on Facebook.

MONDAY OCTOBER 24

  • Food Day Kick Off, 11-5, Commons and Warren Patio: Make your voice heard at our Activism Table or meet local food organizations on Warren Patio. The Activism table will continue throughout the week, where you can join our picture campaign, sign a petition, send a letter to your congressman, or donate food for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.
  • Green Facility and Program Tours, 2-6 PM, East Campus Dining Hall: Tour JMU’s first LEED-certified building, East Campus Dining Hall, and hear what progressive food initiatives Dining Services is taking. RSVP to stewardship@jmu.edu for a 30 minute tour.
  • Free Screening of “Nourish”, 7 PM, Court Square Theatre: JMU Dietetics Association co-sponsors the Go Local film series’ Food Day special downtown. Appetizers will be served before the film.

TUESDAY OCTOBER 25

  • Free Screening of “The Farm Course”, 6 PM, Memorial Hall Auditorium: SMAD students follow interns on local farms in this 30-minute documentary with discussion to follow.

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 26

  • Free Screening of “American Meat”, 6:30 PM, Memorial Hall Auditorium: Watch the newest food documentary in a Harrisonburg reprise that explores the state of the meat industry in America, with a panel and light reception to follow.

THURSDAY OCTOBER 27

  • Global food lecture by Dr. Robert Oppenlander, 7 PM, Showker 105: Dr. Oppenlander, author of “Comfortably Unaware”, will expose how our food choices affect our planet’s environment.
All of these events are brought to JMU by:
Dining Services, EARTH, Animal Rights Coalition, Institute for Stewardship of the Natural World, Communications Department, Mad4U, JMU Student Dietetics Association.
Want or need more information?
Coordinator: Laura Lorenz lorenzln@dukes.jmu.edu
Assistant Coordinator: Melissa Price price2mr@dukes.jmu.edu
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