NOLA Food Day works from ground up in Day of Service

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On October 24, New Orleans celebrated the fifth annual Food Day, a national campaign to celebrate food and also inspire changes in diets and food policy. Across the country, thousands of events took place for the national day of advocacy around food. Locally, our efforts included an active community engagement component.

NetWork Voluntours, a volunteer management organization, in conjunction with the National Fresh Food Day, Tulane Prevention Research Center, the French Market, and SPROUT NOLA organized the inaugural New Orleans Fresh Food Volunteer Day on October 24 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sixty volunteers were mobilized to our participating gardens: 7th Ward Boys and Girls Garden, Capstone Community Gardens & Orchard, CRISP Farms, Crown Community Garden NOLA, Federal City Community Garden, SPROUT NOLA, and Sankofa. A variety of projects were completed during the morning including harvesting, mulching, and cleaning up areas to create more community green spaces. Maaike Baker, a Food Day Intern at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which supports the national Food Day campaign, commented on the efforts in New Orleans.

“New Orleans’ efforts have struck me the most in the way that they advocate for community service. Looking through the picture of events, there are community members getting down and dirty, transforming urban spaces into green spaces for community gardens,” Baker said. “That physical labor makes New Orleans’ efforts all the more tangible and rewarding for community members.”

Following the morning of service, volunteers were welcomed at the opening of the new Sankofa Fresh Stop Market. Building on seven years of community investment, the Sankofa Community Development Center built a healthy food hub in the Lower Ninth Ward at the corner of Forstall and St. Claude Avenue. The market sells fruits and vegetables grown in Sankofa’s gardens, as well as healthy food options purchased from local farmers and food distributors. The project was awarded first place by the “Lots of Progress Competition” by Propeller innovation center, and the program is a partner of the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority. The Fresh Stop Market augments Sankofa’s existing Mobile Market program.

“We are providing a direct resource for deserving communities to receive fresh foods from local gardens, farms, and wholesale food distributors on a consistent basis throughout the week at various locations,” commented Sankofa Executive Director Rashida Ferdinand.

Other Food Day events around New Orleans included a Farmers Market at the Tulane University Uptown Campus with satsuma recipes and a registered dietitian to answer questions. For more information about Food Day in New Orleans, visit or follow on Facebook and Twitter at @NOLAFoodDay.

By Kevin Crooks, New Orleans Food Day Intern and Graduate Assistant at Tulane PRC

First #NOLAFoodDay of Community Service!

A huge thank you goes to our Co-Host NetWork Voluntours for organizing the day and to our participating gardens: 7th Ward Boys and Girls Garden,Capstone Community Gardens & Orchard, CRISP Farms, Crown Community Garden NOLA, Federal City Community Garden, SPROUT NOLA, and Sankofa Nola!

Check out all of the pictures from today’s serivce at the NOLA Food Day Facebook page! ‪#‎NOLAFoodDay‬ ‪#‎FoodDay2015‬


HAPPY FOOD DAY! #FoodDay2015

Across the country, thousands of events are taking place on the fifth annual Food Day. From events at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco to volunteer sites across New Orleans, individuals, organizations, elected officials, students, companies, and many more are gathering together to change their diets for the better and to improve food policies.

Whether you have already attended local events or plan to do so soon, we hope you enjoy celebrating Food Day—even if it’s just preparing an especially healthful meal, perhaps with friends and foods from local farms. Check out the Food Day national map to find some of the events near you.

There are also many other ways you can show your support for Food Day.

-Join in the Green Meal national initiative and participate in the conversation online using hashtag #GreenMeal.
-Crunch into an apple and join millions of people around the country in the Food Day Apple Crunch.
-Watch Food for Thought, Food for Life, a brand new engaging and informative call-to-action film that inspires us to think differently about what we eat.
-Help Food Day double its impact and reach 10 million new people. Donate to the Food Day Barnraiser campaign.

Food Day is about celebrating our food achievements and recognizing that a lot still needs to be done so we can all enjoy food that is not only healthy, but sustainably sourced and justly produced and marketed. Today, we hope you will join millions of Americans around the country to celebrate real food.


Michael F. Jacobson
President, Center for Science in the Public Interest

Lilia Smelkova
Food Day Campaign Manager


NOLA Fresh Food Day is TOMORROW!

Food Day 2015 Puts Spotlight on Greener Diets

Improving Diets and Pushing Policy Changes are Food Day’s Objectives

More than 300 organizations will serve meals celebrating plant-strong diets packed with fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and small amounts of lean, sustainably raised protein in celebration of Food Day, October 24.  Food Day’s Green Meal initiative is supported by The Humane Society of the United States, Health Care Without Harm, and Meatless Monday. This year, Food Day’s goal is to raise awareness about the importance of eating less meat to support better health, animal welfare, and the environment.

Organizers of Food Day hope that the occasion will spur people to improve their own diets and spur city councilors, governors, and Members of Congress to create better food policies.  Officials in Massachusetts, for instance, will use Food Day to unveil a draft Food Systems Plan for the state.

In Savannah, GA, the fifth annual Food Day Festival is expecting between 10,000 and 15,000 participants at a free, outdoor festival featuring live music and more than 100 exhibitors and a farmers market.

On October 22, Chicago will host a week-long Food Day celebration and a harvest festival featuring good food, music, and local chefs.

New Orleans nonprofit Sankofa will open the first ever Fresh Stop produce market in the Lower Ninth Ward on October 24.  The market will operate several days a week and be the first and only place to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables in the Lower Ninth Ward. (

Yale University will celebrate Food Day in the heart of campus, with master chefs, the director of the Yale Sustainable Food Program, and Food Network star Candice Kumai.

Minneapolis will hold an entire week of events from October 18 to 24.  Events will include a harvest BBQ and potluck, an event featuring the voices of immigrant farmers and chefs, and a public Food Day proclamation made by City Councilmember William Finney.

Food Day was founded in 2011 by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest and led by a diverse advisory board of physicians, nutritionists, educators, entertainers, chefs, and public health officials.

“Food Day seeks to inspire Americans to make meaningful changes for the better in their own diets, but also to spotlight local efforts to re-shape food policies in a healthier, more sustainable direction,” said CSPI president and Food Day founder Michael F. Jacobson.

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When you sign up to volunteer at the inaugural NOLA Fresh Food Day of Community Service, you get to pick your garden for the Saturday morning, Oct 24th work! SIGN UP HERE:‪#‎NOLAFoodDay‬
Our list of gardens includes:

24 Carrot Gardens of St. Roch NOLA – The corner of N Villere and Music – Building a Runway ending in a flowerbed and sandbox for area youth – 6 Spots Remaining – Volunteers must be strong

7th Ward Boys and Girls Garden – 1651 North Robertson, New Orleans, LA, 70116 – Site Upkeep (cleaning, repair, etc.) – 10 Spots Remaining – No Restrictions

Capstone Community Gardens & Orchard – 2114 Lamanche St., New Orleans, LA, 70117 – Aspects of Gardening (prepping ground, weeding, mowing, planting, harvesting, etc) – 19 Spots Remaining – Bee Allergy Restriction

CRISP Farms – 1310 Lesseps St., New Orleans, LA, 70117 – Site Improvement/Maintence (Cutting Bamboo, digging up/planting trees, cleaning) – 34 Spots Remaining – Wear long sleeves & pants

Crown Community Garden NOLA – 23 Marywood ct., New Orleans, LA 70128 – Garden bed creation, creating a naturewalk, making newspaper pots – 55 Spots Remaining – Must fill out a waiver upon arrival

Grow Me Somethin’ – 5700 Loyola Ave., New Orelans, LA, 70115 – Sweet Potatoes Harvest – 12 Spots Remaining – Must be able to work in a garden environment for long periods of time

Just the Right Attitude – 4720 East Judge Perez Dr, Violet, LA, 70092 – Preparing fruit for Hot Meals Program – 8 Spots Remaining – No Restrictions

Master Gardeners of Greater New Orleans (MGGNO) – 400 Guadalcanal St., New Orleans, LA, 70114 – Federal City Garden Clean Up Day (Harvesting Sweet Potatoes, Weeding, Cleaning) – 4 Spots Remaining – Garden that Serves Military and Westbank Community – Must be able to work in a garden environment for long periods of time

Sankofa– 5029 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans, LA, 70117 – Build a rain garden – 6 Spots Remaining – No Restrictions

SPROUT NOLA – 201 S Cortez St., New Orleans, LA, 70119 – Building Garden Beds, Fall Planting – 8 Spots Remaining – Ability to Lift 20 lbs, willingness to work with hands

The Vintage Garden Farm – 3700 Jean-Lafitte Pkwy., Chalmette, LA, 70043 – Weeding ginger & tumeric beds, building vegetable rows, fall planting, etc – 14 Spots Remaining – Must be able to work in a garden environment for long periods of time

We’ll be ending the day at 12:30 p.m. at the Sankofa Fresh Stop Market Opening at 5029 St. Claude Ave! We’ll see you there!

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New Orleans is of course famous for its unique food culture. What is cold weather without gumbo, or Mondays without red beans and rice? While many agree that we have the most unique cuisine in America, we unfortunately also have high rates of childhood obesity, diabetes and heart disease. A lot of great local nonprofit organizations have been created in response to these chronic issues. From increasing access to healthy food by building urban gardens to providing nutritional education, many of these organizations are making a difference in New Orleans.

To help promote and support these organizations, NetWork Voluntours in conjunction with the National Fresh Food Day, Tulane Prevention Research Center and the French Market are organizing the inaugural New Orleans Fresh Food Volunteer Day on Saturday, October 24th from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Volunteers must register here.

The day is part of “a national day to make changes in our own diets and to take action to solve food-related problems in our community.” More than 10 urban gardens and food banks will be participating including:

The day hopes to recruit up to 300 volunteers and there will be an after-event for volunteers.

Interested in getting involved? Sign up to volunteer here. We look forward to getting our hands dirty for the 2015 NOLA Fresh Food Day and hope to see you there.

Fresh Food Day Kick Off! 10/14 from 2-6 p.m. at the French Market

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Special programming planned for Wednesday, October 14th at the weekly 2-6 p.m. market. Plus!!!! FOOD DAY NOLA will be on-site showcasing urban growers and recruiting volunteers for FRESH FOOD DAY on October 24th

 (October 6, 2015)—The French Market and Crescent City Farmers Market celebrate their first anniversary as partners next Wednesday, October 14th during the regularly scheduled weekly farmers market from 2:00-6:00 p.m. For the special anniversary celebration, shoppers will be treated to enhanced entertainment and programming with: Doc Griggs, Matthew Kopfler of L’Enfant Terrible restaurant, Slow Food New Orleans, Stephanie Jordan, & New Orleans School of Cooking. Live music will be provided by the Willow Family Band, Little Things, and the Royal Rounders.

 With fall comes the bounty and harvest of cool weather produce, such as satsumas, greens, and root vegetables, which will be available at Crescent City Farmers Market from 2:00-6:00 p.m. Crescent City Farmers Market at the French Market is a year-round weekly farmers market connecting New Orleanians with local farmers, fishers, and food producers. Offerings include fresh produce and eggs, seafood, baked goods, preserves, grab and go items, and more.

In addition, there will be information about Fresh Food Day efforts in New Orleans with an urban grower showcase and tabletop information about the National Food Day (October 24th).  Locals are encouraged to come to the market to meet Food Day NOLA planners and sign up to volunteer or host volunteers during the Fresh Food Day of Community Service on October 24th.


Come learn more about the great organizations participating in New Orleans Fresh Food Day while also celebrating the year-long return of fresh food to the French Market! 

Live Music:

2:00 p.m. Willow Family Band

4:00 p.m. The Little Things

5:00 p.m.  Royal Rounders


2:00 p.m. Doc Griggs kicks off his new monthly series “Doc at the Market” with family friendly programming and fresh fitness

3:00 p.m. Stephanie Jordan presents a cooking demonstration with seasonal items from the farmers market

3:45 p.m.  Matthew Kopfler of L’Enfant Terrible restaurant cooking demonstration

4:00 p.m. New Orleans School of Cooking demonstration

5:00 p.m. Slow Food New Orleans cooking demonstration


Food Day inspires Americans to change their diets and our food policies. Every October 24, thousands of events all around the country bring Americans together to celebrate and enjoy real food and to push for improved  food policies.  October 24 is a day to resolve to make changes in our own diets and to take action to solve food-related problems in  our communities at the local, state, and  national level. Food Day 2015 will focus  on greener diets as a way to address  both health and environmental issues.

In New Orleans, we are calling October 24th FRESH FOOD DAY to support and focus awareness on the many fresh food organizations in town that need local support to continue to grow!  Tabletop exhibits about participating organizations and ways individuals and organizations can get involved will be at the French Market on October 14th to serve as a kick-off to Food Day Nola 2015.

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NOLA Fresh Food Day of Community Service is fast approaching!

Here are our participating organizations that will be hosting volunteers on Saturday, October 24th! Thanks to our partner and co-host NetWork Voluntours​ for doing an amazing job with volunteer site recruitment!

The Vintage Garden Farm​
Grow Me Somethin’​ LLC
7th Ward Boys and Girls Garden
Crown Community Garden NOLA​
Just the Right Attitude​
Sankofa Nola​
Master Gardeners of Greater New Orleans​
Capstone Community Gardens & Orchard​
24 Carrot Gardens of St. Roch NOLA​

Want to volunteer?
Food Day​ is Oct 24th.


We are officially ONE MONTH AWAY from Food Day 2015!

Saturday October 24th we’re mobilizing volunteers to local urban growing spaces!

Volunteer sign up:

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Want to plan your own event for Food Day 2015?!

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Exciting News! New Partner!

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be co-hosting the 2015 NOLA Fresh Food Day of Community Service with NetWork Voluntours! Put our Kick-Off Event at the French Market (New Orleans) celebrating Crescent City Farmers Market on your calendar – that’s 10 days prior to Food Day! Then, on Saturday October 24th we’re mobilizing volunteers to local urban growing spaces! After, head over to Sankofa Nola for the Opening of their Fresh Stop Market! ‪#‎CommunityService‬ ‪#‎UrbanGrowing‬ ‪#‎FoodDay‬

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