PORTLAND - Whatever you have planned for dinner tonight you’re asked to think about how much of the food comes from Oregon and Washington.
October 24th is National Food Day. Governor Kitzhaber issued a declaration and Mayor Sam Adams made a proclamation joining the effort to educate families about how to find healthy, affordable food.
“If you just make a dinner from scratch with your family and use some locally grown produce you would be doing your part,” said Nutrition Consultant Ruth Carey.
In Northeast Portland, they marked the day with silly songs and stories to encourage kids to think about growing their own food.
Andy Ferguson of Red Yarn used puppets to engage the toddlers and parents talked about their cost saving strategies.
“We have buying groups. We get local products like Dave’s Killer Bread in a large quantity and divide it up and save $3 a loaf,” explained mother of two Beth Ivester.
At Portland Public Schools, Food Day was celebrated with a lunch menu featuring all Oregon products.
“We have roasted Oregon chicken and potatoes, Alpenrose milk and cornbread from Clackamas Bakery,” said Whitney Ellersick who works in Nutrition for Portland Public Schools.
Usually about 30 percent of the food served in the Portland schools is local.
“It makes a nice connection to the food for the kids and we can give back to the community,” Ellersick added.
At Lewis and Clark College smoothies were used to deliver a message about healthy, affordable foods. Nutrition Consultant Ruth Carey blended apple juice, bananas, strawberries and spinach.
“It’s a good way to sneak some greens into a young person’s diet.”
Carey also gave out information about favorite foods that cost less than $1 a serving. Bananas, kiwis, oatmeal, popcorn and canned salmon were on the list.
Carey also suggests starting your own indoor garden for the winter.
“Just get a pot and grow some rosemary or thyme, it would be just one more way to carry out the message of Food Day,” she concluded.