Cedar Crest College newspaper since 1923
By Paula Wesson, Managing Editor
Food Day, a nationwide movement designed to encourage affordable but healthy food, is on October 24 every year. This year, the Student Dietetic Association (SDA) will be hosting a Food Day Symposium from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Harmon Hall of Peace.
Dalynn Stricker, the president of SDA, wants to use the event to remind students that we often take food for granted. In an email, Stricker wrote, “This year we are spreading awareness on a very important topic in our country, hunger.”
To help spread awareness, Ainsley Benner from the Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania will be in attendance and will answer questions about hunger in Pennsylvania. The Second Harvest Food Bank distributes food to food pantries and similar programs in six counties: Lehigh, Carbon, Northhampton, Monroe, Wayne, and Pike.
There will also be a raffle to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank and its national partner, Feeding America. Raffle baskets contain a variety of items from a coffee press to a hand-knit hat.
Raffle tickets will be sold for $1 per ticket or $5 for eight tickets. For every dollar donated to Feeding America, eight meals are provided to hungry Americans. For every dollar donated to Second Harvest Food Bank, nine pounds of food are distributed.
Other activities at the event will include a photo booth and mask-making. There will also be healthy treats available along with a Thanksgiving cookbook.
Rachel Lovewell, co-president of the SDA, explained in an email, “Food Day is helping the community by educating family’s [sic] on healthier ways to celebrate the holiday’s [sic].”
There are other events in the area that have chosen a different theme for Food Day.
The Humane League at Muhlenberg College will be distributing information about the vegetarian lifestyle.
Lehigh University Dining Services will be having cooking demonstrations from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Restaurants and bars in the area are also hosting Food Day events. To learn more, visit foodday.org