WHAT: The state of Oklahoma will showcase a number of events next week in honor of Food Day, a national grassroots campaign sponsored by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Food Day will bring people together from across the country on and around Monday, October 24 to participate in activities and events that encourage Americans to “eat real” and support healthy, affordable food grown in a sustainable, humane way. Modeled on Earth Day, organizers hope Food Day will inspire Americans to hold thousands of events at schools, college campuses, houses of worship, and even in private homes aimed at fixing America’s food system.

The Honorable Governor Mary Fallin and the Honorable Mayor Dewey Bartlett of Tulsa are proclaiming October 24th to be Food Day in the State of Oklahoma and City of Tulsa. Businesses and organizations statewide are following suit with special Food Day events, including:

Event: The Mobile Food Demonstration, a mobile kitchen serving locally grown food at locations across Tulsa, stopping at the Kendall-Whitter neighborhood as part of an all-day food fest with activities for kids, a bilingual cooking class, food demos and films at the nearby Circle Theater.
Date & Time: October 24, all day (schedule of stops in progress)
Location: Locations across Tulsa, with all-day activities in the Kendall-Whitter neighborhood square

Event: A proclamation by the Chief of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation to Celebrate Food Day, and a community-wide Food Day farmers’ market.
Date & Time: October 24, 12 pm – 1 pm
Location: Highway 75 Loop 56, Okmulgee

Event: The “Get Big” event, with chefs teaching children to prepare healthy food, and the planting of a new community garden in Tulsa.
Date & Time: October 24, 2pm
Location: 564 E. 32nd Street, North Tulsa

KEY VISUALS: mobile kitchen traveling across Tulsa, groups of kids in the Kendall-Whitter neighborhood and in new Tulsa community garden, farmers’ market of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

For more information and a complete list of event times and locations, please visit the Food Day website.

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Many of the most prominent voices for change in the food movement and a growing number of health, hunger and sustainable agriculture groups have teamed up with CSPI to launch Food Day. Food Day’s all-star advisory board includes prominent people – from Michael Pollan, Alice Waters and Jane Fonda, to Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), and organizations like the American Public Health Association, the Humane Society, and the Earth Day Network. Visit the Food Day website, foodday.org for the latest news and information.


Lilia Smelkova, 202-777-8322