Again this year, Dartmouth will be participating in Food Day, a nationwide celebration and movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food.
From October 20 through October 24, Dartmouth will host campus-wide Food Day events, lectures, and screenings, coordinated by Dartmouth College Health Service, Dartmouth Dining Services, local farms, and various student groups.
Food Day, which was started four years ago by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, aims to raise awareness surrounding issues of nutrition, health, food policy, food insecurity, food justice, farm labor practices, and more. Last year, more than 300 campuses, including Dartmouth, participated in celebrating Food Day.
“Celebrating Food Day at Dartmouth provides students, faculty, staff—as well as the community at large—an opportunity to consider that the food we eat has vast and complex implications,“ says Beth Rosenberger, manager of Dartmouth Dining Services, a registered dietitian and coordinator of Dartmouth Food Day.
On the Food Day Lineup”Food Day is much more than just a daylong event—rather it’s a continuing dialogue about health, family farming, hunger, energy and resources, food justice, and animal welfare. We’re excited about all the Food Day events at Dartmouth as they promise to highlight these issues to facilitate permanent change that supports a more sustainable and healthy future.”
- Monday, October 20: At 4 p.m. in Dartmouth 105, a lecture by Marke Winne, author of Closing The Food Gap: Resetting The Table In The Land of Plenty, and, Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners, and Smart Cookin’ Mamas: Fighting Back in an Age of Industrial Agriculture.
- Tuesday, October 21: At 7 p.m. in the Lowe Auditorium in the Hopkins Center for the Arts, a screening of the documentary Fed Up: The Film the Food Industry Doesn’t Want You to See.
- Wednesday, October 22: At 4 p.m. in the Paganucci Lounge, a lecture by author Barry Estabrook, a two-time James-Beard-Award-winning journalist and author of Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit.
Food Day at Dartmouth will kick off Monday at 3 p.m. with an “apple crunch.” Students, faculty, and staff will be invited to gather on the Green and bite into free local apples at the same time to start the week off with spirit, says Dartmouth Nutritionist KC Wright. Walhowdon Farm in Lebanon, N.H., will supply crates of freshly picked local apples for the event. During the week, there will be lectures by well-known authors and strategists about food justice, food systems, and the environmental impact of food.
“This is important to us at Dartmouth because food is a great equalizer and something that affects us all—yet the majority of us do take food for granted, without a thought about where and how food is produced, its quality or nutritional value, and the conditions under which people grow, produce, package, and transport the food that ends up on our plates,” Wright says.
The weeklong series of events aims to increase awareness among members of the Dartmouth community by celebrating high-quality food and by bringing to light the social, environmental, and political issues that influence food quality and availability.