Good Food Day Los AngelesMon 12 Mar 2012
Story by The Food Revolution Team
On March 31st 2012 the Mayor’s volunteer and service campaign, “We Serve LA,” is partnering with the Los Angeles Food Policy Council (LAFPC) to present the citywide day of service: Good Food Day LA.
Good Food Day-LA will be dedicated to learning about, celebrating and volunteering to strengthen our local food system. Nearly forty volunteer sites, bringing together thousands of volunteers and participants, will be engaged in activities around the city, including: garden plantings and cooking demonstrations; neighborhood cooking competitions; CalFresh sign-ups at farmers’ markets; and food policy trainings and education.
Los Angeles Food Policy Council
The LAFPC is a collaborative network working toward a more healthy food system, where Southern California is a “Good Food” region for everyone of all income levels. Good food should be healthy, affordable, fairly and sustainably produced.
The overall goals of the ‘Los Angeles Good Food for All Agenda’ and the LAFPC are to…
1. Improve the health and well-being of LA residents
2. Foster agricultural and environmental stewardship throughout the region
3. And create a thriving good food economy.
The LAFPC coordinates a network of 300 diverse food system stakeholders representing over 180 organizations. Through this network, the LAFPC leverages the expertise and leadership of public, private, nonprofit and academic partners to strengthen connections among food producers, distributors, retailers, institutional food service providers, and low-income communities and to inform and advance holistic food policies in the City and County that promote healthy and sustainable food systems to improve individual and community health while fostering environmental stewardship.
Good Food Day-LA will raise awareness about the issues facing our local food system, and the ways everyone can help make Los Angeles part of a healthier regional food system for all.
“We Serve LA”
In 2009, Los Angeles became a founding member of “Cities of Service,” a national volunteer initiative created to help solve some of our city’s greatest challenges. As a result, the Mayor created “We Serve LA,” which is a call to action and a collaborative campaign developed in partnership with countless stakeholders to spread the spirit and power of volunteerism and effectively engage Angelenos from throughout our City in community service.
For Good Food Day LA, “We Serve LA” has organized over 40 project sites throughout Los Angeles with projects ranging from community and school gardens to food festivals and food access resource fairs.
For more information on what’s happening on Good Food Day and how you can get involved check out the activities list which include a resource fair, food trucks, chef demonstrations, a cabbage cooking contest called From Kim Chee to Cole Slaw, and a panel discussion focused on the impact of the global food system on workers’ rights and the legacy of Cesar Chavez.
Planning to attend? Join the event on facebook!
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