Food Day Nashville
By Rachel Holder

Community Food Advocates brings Food Day back to Nashville for a second year on Wednesday, October 24th, from 5-8 p.m. at the Nashville Farmers' Market. Food Day is a nationwide celebration held in local communities across the country, aimed at promoting healthier, more affordable, and sustainable food. While providing fun family activities, Food Day also seeks to address issues as varied as food justice and security, farm workers' and animal rights, nutrition education for children, and hunger.

"Food Day Nashville provides an opportunity for people to learn about our food system in Middle Tennessee," says Community Food Advocates Interim Executive Director Megan Morton. "The event is open to anyone-farmers, families, advocates, and those just wanting to learn more about our food system. With more than fifty groups and organizations in attendance, everyone is sure to find services available to them or ways they can get involved and help change our food system."

The event will feature local food-related organizations such as Second Harvest Food Bank and the Little Pantry That Could, offering samples prepared by local chefs, demonstrations, and educational activities. There also will be live music and a kids' area with pumpkin-decorating and games.

Community Food Advocates also will announce six recipients of the "Real Food Hall of Fame" award at Food Day. The RFHOF winners are residents and/or businesses in the Nashville area who work toward a healthy, just, and sustainable food system in Middle Tennessee. Morton says by announcing the winners at Food Day, she hopes these food champions will inspire others to do the same. Applications to nominate an individual or business for an RFHOF award are available on the Community Food Advocates website, communityfoodadvocates.org.

Food Day Nashville is free and open to the public. For more information on the Food Day movement, visit foodday.org. To volunteer or to learn more about Food Day in Nashville, contact megan@communityfoodadvocates.org.