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CWU/Local Community Members to Celebrate National Food Day on October 24

ELLENSBURG, Wash. (October 12, 2012) — A free community food fair will be held in conjunction with National Food Day on Wednesday, October 24, at the Hal Holmes Community Center in Ellensburg.  The fair, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., will feature local food producers and other local food groups and organizations, free food samples, kids’ activities, raffle prizes, and the Lincoln Elementary School music club is scheduled for two performances.

“It will be a day of food, fun, and learning,” said Rebecca Pearson, Food Day coordinator and Central Washington University health education professor. “All community members are welcome, and this year there'll be even more fun activities for kids.”

The second annual event is being organized and sponsored by the Ellensburg Public Library, local community members, food producers, and other food groups.

National Food Day five priorities:

• Promote safer, healthier diets;
• Support sustainable and organic farms;
• Reduce hunger;
• Reform factory farms to protect the environment; and
• Support fair working conditions for food and farm workers.

For more information about National Food Day, visit www.foodday.org.

Vendors who have announced plans to attend the Ellensburg event include:
• Bright Beginnings for Kittitas County;
• Canyon River Organics;
• Cloudview Ecofarm;
• Community Health of Central Washington;
• CWU’s nutrition science club;
• Ellensburg Food Co-Op;
• Elmview and Senior Nutrition Program;
• FISH Food Bank;
• Food Access Coalition For Kittitas County;
• Grass Fed Beef;
• Kittitas County Farmer’s Market;
• Kittitas Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregations—Green Sanctuary;
• Parke Creek Farm;
• St. Andrew’s Community Garden;
• Triton’s Farm;
• Vegetarian Society; and
• Windy N Ranch.

For more information or to get involved with Ellensburg’s Community Food Fair, contact Pearson at 509-963-2493 or rpearson@cwu.edu. For event sponsorship information, contact Dale Larson at foodaccess4kc@gmail.com.

In addition, in conjunction with the nationwide Campus Sustainability Day 2012, Food Day will be observed on the CWU campus in Student Union and Recreation Center 137 A&B from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The campus event will include a variety of information booths and activities, including a dorm cooking session. Pearson notes it will also feature tours of the new campus garden site, with ground-breaking anticipated next spring. There will also be an opportunity to provide input about the campus food and sustainability environment, through a student-designed survey.

Media contacts: Rebecca Pearson, CWU Physical Education, School, and Public Health, 509-963-2493, rpearson@cwu.edu
                          Robert Lowery, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1487, loweryr@cwu.edu