Long Island City, NY—In celebration of National Food Day, a nationwide movement to encourage people to eat healthy and sustainable food, LaGuardia Community College on October 24 will be hosting a variety of activities including having a green market on campus where local naturally grown produce will be sold.
W. Rogowski Farm, a family-owned farm located in Warwick, New York, whose produce is certified naturally grown—a grass roots alternative to the USDA’s national organic program—will be selling its local seasonal produce in the College’s E-building Atrium at 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Along with the green market, some 40 students in the Food and Nutrition programs will conduct food demonstrations on cooking “real food”—single ingredient food– preparing salads and stir-fry dishes. Other students will be encouraging people to take a quiz that will reveal how real their diets are, while other students will be going into classrooms to spread a simple message to their peers—“eat real food.”
“This is a celebration of real food and a time to urge people to get back to eating the food that comes from nature,” said Professor Bette Cohen, director of the Food and Nutrition programs. “If they ate real food, they wouldn’t have to worry about chronic diseases—diabetes, hypertension, heart disease—and mostly importantly, obesity.”
The nationwide celebration and a movement toward more healthy, affordable, and sustainable food addresses 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.
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LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that legacy today. LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achieve their dreams. Upon graduation, LaGuardia students’ lives are transformed as family income increases 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at three times the national average. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success educating underserved students. At LaGuardia we imagine new ideas, create new curriculum and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger. Visit www.laguardia.edu to learn more.