National Food Day to be Celebrated at Sacramento State on Oct. 24


Food Day, a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable and sustainably produced food—and a grassroots campaign for better food policies—will be celebrated on Thursday, Oct. 24 on the Sacramento State campus.

The festivities will kick off two days early with a screening of the 2012 documentary “A Place at the Table.” Featured at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22 in Hinde Auditorium at the University Union, the documentary will be followed by a panel discussion with Erik Kintzel (Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services), Randy Stannard (Soil Born Farms and Harvest Sacramento) and Andrea Bricker (California Department of Aging).

The daylong slate of Food Day activities on Oct. 24 begins with a 9 a.m. cooking demonstration for preschoolers who attend the Sacramento State Children’s Center.

Top food professionals from throughout California are set to weigh in on hunger and the obesity epidemic in America on the campus on the 24th, and featured will be keynote speaker Anna Lappé, a nationally-known expert on food systems and the co-founder of the Small Planet Institute.

Food Day at Sacramento State is free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, all activities on Oct. 24 take place at various locations in the University Union. Here is a lineup of events:

• 1-3 p.m., California Suite – HBO documentary The Weight of the Nation: Challenges, followed by a panel discussion with Amber Stott (California Food Literacy Center), Robyn Krock (Sacramento Region Food System Collaborative), Esther Amato (Sacramento State’s Department of Family & Consumer Sciences), Liya Schwartzman (California FarmLink) and Shawn Harrison and Alicia Adams (Soil Born Farms).

• 1:30-2:30 p.m., Redwood Room – “What to Eat at Sac State,” a panel discussion featuring Steven Davis and Steve Rogers (Campus Dining), Linda Hafar (Facilities Services), Jennifer Campbell (Student and Health Counseling Services at The WELL) and Lauren Lombardo (Associated Students Inc.)

• 3:30 p.m. – Cooking demonstration in the Cove at The WELL (space islimited).

• 5:30-7 p.m., Redwood Room – Panel discussion on school food, with Stott, Jennifer LaBarre (Oakland Unified School District) Kirk Bergstrom (Nourish) and Gail Feenstra (Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis).

• 7-8 p.m., Redwood Room – Anna Lappé delivers the keynote lecture,“Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It,” based on her 2010 book of the same name. A book-signing follows.

For further details about Sacramento State’s Food Day activities, contact  Assistant Professors Kristin Kiesel ( and Lynn Hanna (

To learn more about the national Food Day movement, go to