Food Day at UNH Emphasizes Health, Sustainable, Affordable Food

The Charger Bulletin

By UNH Today

WEST HAVEN, CONN — The University of New Haven will celebrate Food Day on Wednesday, Oct. 24, with a panel discussion and movie.

The UNH Food Day, sponsored by the Health and Wellness Living Learning Community and the Nutrition and Dietetics Club, is part of a national celebration aimed to call attention to healthy, affordable and sustainable food. Nationally the event is sponsored by the Center for the Science in Public Interest (CSPI).

The UNH panel will take place at 12:30 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge in Bartels Hall, the student center. Experts will include:

-Bill Duesing, executive director of the Connecticut Chapter of Northeast Organic Farming Association;

-Jacqueline O’Hanlon, marketing specialist, Sodexo Food Service;

-Rebecca Kline, communications and garden manager at the Fair Haven Community Health Center in New Haven;

-Cara Donovan, outreach coordinator, City Seed and New Haven Food Policy Council; and

-Christine Solimini-Swift, community health promotion specialist, Cornell Scott Hill Health Center in New Haven.

The movie, “Fresh,” will be shown at 1:30 p.m. “Fresh” is a documentary featuring Michael Pollan, the author of “The Omnivore’s Dilemma.” The movie celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people responsible for the country’s food supply. Food Day at UNH also will include informational tables for students in Bartels Hall. Dining facilities on campus will feature many locally grown foods on Food Day.

Food Day was created by CSPI and takes place annually on Oct. 24 to address issues as varied as health and nutrition, hunger, agricultural policy, animal welfare, and farm worker justice. The ultimate goal of Food Day is to strengthen and unify the food movement in order to improve our nation’s food policies, according to the CSPI website.