Food Day 2012

Ken Keeler-OCS
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During the month of October 2012 the University of Michigan is participating in Food Day a nationwide celebration of healthy and sustainable food. Food Day seeks to bring together Americans from all walks of life—parents, teachers, and students; health professionals, community organizers, and local officials; chefs, school lunch providers, and eaters of all stripes—to push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way.

The University of Michigan is hosting a number of events scheduled throughout the month of October in recognition of Food Day:

Farm Fresh Wednesdays: Oct. 3-24, Michigan Union U-go’s

Every Wednesday, through mid-October, the Michigan Union U-go’s and the University Club restaurant will be featuring fresh produce from a local farm. Produce will also be available at the Pierpont U-go’s on Wednesday, Oct. 24. For more information: Farm Fresh Wednesdays.

Harvest Festival: Oct. 4, 4 - 8 p.m., Matthaei Botanical Gardens 

Good food, musical entertainment, and great company at the new Campus Farm.  Transportation to and from the event will be provided from Rackham Auditorium every half hour starting at 3:30.  Students, staff, faculty, and community are all welcome.  For more information, and to order tickets on-live, please visit: University of Michigan Sustainable Food Program

MFarmers’ Market: Oct. 11, 10-3, Michigan Union Courtyard

Come learn about and enjoy fresh, local and sustainable products available on campus. For more information:  MFarmers' Market

University of Michigan Health System Food Drive: Oct. 15th – Nov. 2nd

Michigan Harvest Gathering is a one-of-a-kind emergency food program benefiting the food bank council of Michigan’s 9 member food banks (food collected locally stays locally - for us that is Food Gatherers).

To find out more information or to locate a collection site, visit: 

Safe Food Handling Event: Oct. 22 & 24, 11-1, Union U-go's, Bert's, Pierpont U-go's, MUJO's at Duderstadt

Safe food handling presentations. Posters and informational cards to be made available. Thermometers to be provided compliments of Sysco. Sponsored by University Unions and OSEH.

The Produce Cart: Oct. 4th, 11th and 18th from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Stop by the Taubman Health Center to purchase fresh, locally grown produce.

For more information: 

Canned Food Drive: Oct. 22 through Oct. 26, Michigan Union U-go’s, Pierpont U-go’s, MI League Beansters

Canned goods will be collected the week of October 22 and donated to Forgotten Harvest. Sponsored by University Unions

Healthy Eating Promotional Event: Oct. 23 & 25, 11-1, All University Union facilities

Educational tables & an interactive Jeopardy game at MI Union & Pierpont Commons. U-Go's, MI League Beanster's and Mujo's to provide information about Food Day including brochures & recipe cards. Cash Op's will feature MHeatlhy items on Oct. 23, 24, 25.  Sponsored by University Unions and MHealthy.

Local Fall Harvest Options: Oct. 24, Residence Hall Dining Facilities

Local foods will be featured at lunch and dinner at all residential dining halls. For more information:  U Housing Special Meals

University Hospital Food Day: Oct. 24, All U-M Hospitals

Stop by UH Cafeteria, Mott Getaway n Play Café or Nick's Cafe for breakfast (7-10 am) and try an MHealthy pumpkin muffin, cider & local coffee.  For lunch and dinner, there will be small chef demos at each of the locations with a vegetarian featured entree food sample; purchase the featured entree at any of the locations and receive a small bag of local fruits & veggies.  Patient meal option to include a Michigan Chicken Cherry salad.  Food Day recipe cards will be available.   

It's time to eat real! For more information:  Health System Café

Pumpkin Decorating: Oct. 24, 11:30-1:30, Gateway and Play Cafe

The Gateway n Play Cafe located in the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Von Voigtlander Woman's Hospital will host pumpkin decorating.The Gateway and Play Cafe located in the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Von Voigtlander Woman's Hospital.

AVI Foodsystems Local Food Celebration: Oct. 24, 11:30-1:30 & 5-7 p.m., UH Cafe

Sample locally sourced food items available in campus vending machines.

AVI Foodsystems Local Food Celebration: Oct. 24, 11:30-1:30, Angell Hall near the Fishbowl

Sample locally sourced food items available in campus vending machines.