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October 21, 2011

DPHHS encourages Montanans to participate in Food Day

Director concerned about childhood hunger in MT

The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) encourages Montanans to participate in Food Day, a national event taking place on Monday, October 24 to promote nutrition and health, lessen hunger and increase access to food. 

Food Day will increase the dialogue on several topics, but one of the most pressing for DPHHS Director Anna Whiting Sorrell is raising awareness about childhood hunger. “We know that one in five Montana children lives in poverty,” said DPHHS Director Anna Whiting Sorrell. “As a result, many children often go hungry and that just isn’t acceptable. Food Day is a great opportunity to raise awareness about this issue. Addressing childhood hunger in Montana is an ambitious effort, but one that is a high priority for this agency.”

Several Food Day events are scheduled in several Montana communities with most promoting safe, healthy and locally grown foods. 
 
DPHHS Volunteers In Service to America (VISTAs) Becky Naab and Nicole Gottschall will be working with the Livingston and Belgrade Public Schools on community garden and food bank projects.

Other events are taking place in Bozeman, Billings, Missoula, St. Ignatius, Ronan, Polson, Pablo, Kalispell and Sidney. At several local schools, students will have the opportunity to taste test locally grown healthy foods and in Sidney a fun and interactive presentation on food safety and healthy holiday eating is schedule for viewing in November.

On the Food Day website is a collection of a variety of delicious, healthful, easy-to-prepare recipes from some of the country’s most prominent chefs and cookbook writers. Click the cover to download a copy of the Food Day cookbook.

“I hope Montanans take advantage of this great opportunity to participate and make a difference,” Whiting Sorrell said.

To learn more go to: www.foodday.org

For a complete statewide listing of events go to:
http://www.foodday.org/participate/events/search/46.679489/-110.044544

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