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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/24/12
Mayor Kasim Reed Declares October 24 Food Day
Atwood Community Garden provides job training and healthy food to Southwest Atlanta neighborhood
ATLANTA – Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed joined Atlanta School Board Member Byron Amos, students from Brown Middle School and others today at the Atwood Community Garden to designate October 24 Food Day. The local observation is a part of national Food Day, a nationwide celebration and movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food.
"Having local, fresh, and affordable food is critical to the health and vitality of our city," said Mayor Kasim Reed. "As we celebrate Food Day, we are reminded of the continuing need to reduce obesity, especially in our young people, improve the quality of life for our residents, and stimulate the local economy. This initiative is an important component of that effort.”
As part of the city’s efforts to become a top tier city for sustainability, access to local food is a key part of meeting the goal outlined in the city’s sustainability plan. The Power to Change plan seeks to bring local food within 10 minutes of 75% of all residents by 2020. Today’s event marked a milestone for the garden that is one of few in the city providing hands on training, while yielding produce, and creating jobs.
Located in Southwest Atlanta, the Atwood Community Garden is a 3.5 acre S.T.E.M-based urban agriculture training center and outdoor event facility.
"Mayors are increasingly taking the lead by setting up food policy councils, promoting urban farming and gardening, adopting policies that promote healthy eating, and otherwise improving the food environment in America's cities," said Michael F. Jacobson, Food Day founder and executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. "It makes perfect sense that they're among those leading the charge for Food Day."
Launched by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest and supported by a diverse advisory board, Food Day brings together organizations and individuals who care about food issues as varied as hunger, nutrition, agriculture policy, animal welfare, and farm worker justice.
The city has worked with nonprofit partners Georgia Organics, and the Atlanta Local Food Initiative (ALFI) on the passing of a farmer’s market ordinance last fall, in addition to supporting programs that place local, healthy foods in local classrooms. Both organizations work locally to spread the message of the importance of balanced nutrition, supporting local economies, and utilizing local agriculture as a means to support overall community health.
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