Food Day 2012 Success Story and Press Coverage

October 25, 2012 — University of Miami —

On Tuesday, October 23, 2012 and Wednesday, October 24, 2012 University of Miami’s Office of Civic & Community Engagement presented a series of events in honor of Food Day 2012, a nationwide celebration and movement towards more healthy, affordable, and sustainable food.

The series of public programs launched on the evening of October 23rd with a keynote lecture from Michael Shuman titled “Eat Local, Think Global: How to Scale up the Local Food Revolution through Local Investment.” Mr. Shuman, a leading expert on community economics, gave a lively presentation on the benefits of investing in our local economy and food businesses, in particular, to an audience of students, faculty, and community members.

On October 24th, our Coral Gables campus joined 275+ colleges and universities across the United States with a full line-up of festivities. The day started off with Well ‘Canes weekly Farmers’ Market, where the campus community could find items for sale such as fresh fruit & vegetables, baked goods, artisanal cheeses, local honey, marinades, ceviche, and pasta.

Later in the morning, we hosted over a dozen food-related organizations from the South Florida region along with several student groups at a tabling event in the University Center. Passersby had the opportunity to learn about local farms, food banks, nutrition, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs, edible gardens, composting, and other on-going projects. A visit by 4th and 5th graders from West Lab Elementary School brought a highlight to the afternoon. The children spent a few minutes at each table learning about the programs in healthy eating and local agriculture that the organizations promoted.

Food Day 2012 at University of Miami wrapped up with a documentary screening followed by a panel discussion. Food Stamped was well attended by UM students (including a UM nutrition class), faculty, and several leaders from South Florida’s local food movement. Delicious refreshments provided by Green Gables Café – a family-owned, neighborhood restaurant which prides itself on serving organic and locally-sourced food – were enjoyed by all. To continue the topics of conversation presented in the film, we invited guest speakers to address questions touching on healthy meal options for lower income families, food policy, nutrition, and more. Chris Stampar, a junior at UM and the moderator of the panel, engaged the knowledgeable panelists, which included UM Professor Dr. Linda Parker, representatives from the Florida Department of Children & Families, and leaders from local non-profits Feeding South Florida and Youth L.E.A.D. Miami.

To see a gallery of photographs of these events, click HERE.
Click HERE to read an announcement of the programs in The Miami Herald.
Click HERE to read the article that appeared in e-Veritas.
Click HERE to read the article that appeared in Distraction Magazine.

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