Josh Coleman, AgLocal’s Farm Ambassador, was extended the opportunity to volunteer at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City with the Apple Share Progam, along with Beth Low the Director of the KC Food Policy Coalition yesterday. You may be asking, what is Food Day all about? Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. You bet AgLocal was excited to voluntarily celebrate! Yesterday was Josh’s first time to experience Food Day and while participating in the Apple Share Program, he handed out free apples to the public. For the Apple Share Program, the apple represents healthy eating and volunteers used this as a talking point to raise awareness about choosing healthier foods in our diets. Josh and other volunteers also talked about the Eat Local For The Holidays* pledge, where individuals pledge that they will eat at least one food item that comes from a local farm this holiday season. It can be from the farm itself, a farmers market, a grocery store or a restaurant that serves food from local farms.
The overall experience of Food Day was exceptional for Josh because he was able to do what he does best, and that is, “talk and talk about food.” Watching kids get excited about getting a free apple and parents commenting that “Eating fruits and vegetables is one thing I never have to say no to my kids about” was gratifying to say the least. Most parents want the best for their kids which means they appreciate healthier food options as well. For AgLocal, that means our job is exponentially more important to make it easier for Moms to make these choices. Volunteering yesterday and speaking with people about healthier options made us realize that most don’t realize the time, effort and energy it takes for our food to get from the farm to our plate. It’s important for us all to be thankful and grateful that we are able to get great food from our local farmers. It will be another 364 days till the next Food Day but every time you sit down to eat think about what it takes for that food to get to your plate and then visit a farm or farmers market and thank the farmer. We sure will.