Wednesday, October 10, 2012

New Mexico Oxfam Action Corps Celebrates World Food Day (Twice!)

Exactly six days from today is when the the global community observes World Food Day. The official global commemoration is organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization,  And a number of organizations like The World Food Programme, Earth Box Gardens, Universities Fighting World Hunger, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, World Food Day USA, Oxfam America, and The ONE Campaign have planned some sort of activity. Some organizations are working together on an activity or campaign.

But we all know that for a commemoration to be relevant to a community, there has to be a strong local connection.  Later this week, I'll post information about a ONE event in Nashville.  Today, it's all about Albuquerque and the activities planned by New Mexico Oxfam Action Corps.  There are two separate actions, one on World Food Day, October 16, and the other on Saturday, October 27. 
The first activity is called New Mexico Eats Right.  Here is their pitch (click on the link to learn more).

Want to change the world…by eating great food?!

Then join Oxfam America on World Food Day at one of 13 participating restaurants in Albuquerque. Whether you're in the mood for pad thai or pizza on Tuesday, October 16th, we need your support! Eating at one of the participating restaurants shows you care, and also makes you part of a global movement to decrease poverty and hunger. The following restaurants have signed on because they are already working to improve the food system and believe in the GROW Method. Join others worldwide in our GROW efforts to save food, cook smart, eat seasonally, support small-scale farmers, and eat a little less meat. Don't forget to visit one (or more!) of the following restaurants on October 16th:
• Artichoke Cafe
• Baileys on the Beach
• Desert Fish
• Farina
• Golden Crown Panaderia
• Jennifer James 101
• Nob Hill Bar and Grill
• Rasoi
• Richard's Mexican
• Sky Garden Market
• Slate Street Cafe
• Thai Cuisine ii
• Tiles of Old Santa Fe.
Jasmine McBeath, editor of the NM Oxfam Action Corps blog, wrote a great piece on Richard's Mexican Restauarant.  While all of these restaurants are commemorating World Food Day, World Food Day USA is featuring a partnership between Oxfam and  Grabwithus at Slate Street Cafe.  Click here for details

Community Dinner
But we all know that most meals around the world are not eaten at restaurants, but at home. Which brings me to the second event hosted by New Mexico Action Corps and other organizations on Saturday, Oct. 27, at St. Thomas of Canterbury Episcopal Church, 425 University Blvd. NE, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

This community dinner will feature a meal made entirely with fresh, local ingredients.

And there will be food for the mind too. There will be a discussion on strategies to address local, national and global hunger, including Oxfam's GROW Campaign..

Greg Gould, an Albuquerque-based foodologist, is a featured guest speaker.

I'm sure we'll have more information on this later.  In the meantime, you can RSVP on the Facebook page created especially for this event.

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