October’s Monthly ChallengesTue 01 Oct 2013
Story by Sarah Curl
As we enter the last quarter of the year, we know this is a special time of the year filled with many holidays and traditions. October’s Monthly Challenges focus on sharing your community’s traditions with the Food Revolution team as well as the Ambassador community. As you know, the Ambassador community consists of over 670 Ambassadors in 85 countries. We want to know what food and culture is a part of your life!
We also encourage Ambassadors to teach family and friends the importance of incorporating more fruits and veggies into their diet as well as sharing the special treats you make when you are craving something sweet. Learn more about this month’s challenges below!
October’s Challenge #1:
In honor of Food Day and the Big Apple Crunch event in NYC, we wanted to incorporate the idea of encouraging others to eat more fruits and vegetables. I know we don't need to convince Ambassadors of this but always good to encourage friends and family to eat more real food including more produce.
We have decided to share our Apple educational card (part of our 'Learn Your Fruit and Vegetable' program) this month so you can have a fun teaching tool to encourage eating an apple a day. Feel free to teach and share this information with your community.
October’s Challenge #2:
Special Halloween Challenge - We understand that not everyone celebrates Halloween but we want to hear what special treats you make when you are craving something sweet. Do you go for a bowl of fruit or make something special from scratch?
Of course, if you do celebrate Halloween, we would love to hear what sweet treat alternations you are making in honor of the holiday. Also, to get everyone in the Halloween spirit, make sure to send over pictures of the costumes you and your friends, family and kids decide to wear as well as your recipes and photos of your Halloween treats so we can share with our wider community.
October’s Challenge #3:
One thing that is so great about the Ambassador Program is that we have people from all over the world involved in the Food Revolution. In order to have a better understanding of your culture, community, city, country and beliefs, we would love to hear more about your special holidays and how they are celebrated through food. What recipes and traditions have been passed on for generations? What do you celebrate?
I for one celebrate Thanksgiving in November and Christmas in December. Do you do the same? If not, let us know what traditions and holidays are essential in your family. We would love to see ideas, images and recipes.
What are Monthly Challenges?
Every month, there will be different challenges that inspire Food Revolutionaries to engage with their communities. They are designed to make deeper connections with the thought leaders in the real food industry and connect with family and friends through fresh food.
At the beginning of every month, the challenges will be announced through a blog post, email, Facebook and Twitter. The idea is to complete as many challenges as you can. As you complete the challenges, let us know how they went. We want to hear your stories, see your pictures and be able to show your successes through our various social media platforms. So get out there, have fun and make sure you share your story with us – we could be highlighting what you’ve been doing to the world!
Do you have suggestions for next month’s challenges?
Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find out more about our Food Revolution Ambassador program and apply to become one here!
About the author: Sarah Curl is the Food Revolution Community Manager for the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation. Twitter: @sarahanncurl
Images: Ambassador Marcella Senise from Turin, Italy and Maria Portillo from Heredia, Costa Rica.
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