Since 2011, Real Food for Kids’ annual Food Day event has raised students’ awareness of the importance of healthy eating and physical fitness to keep their bodies and minds strong.
Part assembly, part dance party, part field day, kids cycle through fun activities while trying new foods and taking part in lessons that instill an understanding of healthy lifestyle choices. The signature highlight of Food Day is our “Big Salad” assembled in a baby pool by Chef David Guas with the help of our youngest students.
Other recent Food Day activities have included:
- Healthy breakfast with renowned DC-area Chef Cathal Armstrong
- Tasting of Faux Joes by chefs from Jose Andres’ ThinkFoodGroup
- Soccer Clinic with players from DC United and DC Scores
- Vegetable Relay Race with INOVA’s Healthy Plate Club
- Lesson on added sugar in common beverages with George Mason University School of Nutrition and Food Studies”
Food Day is held each year at schools in underserved communities (Title I schools), reaching students at the highest risk for food insecurity and diet-related diseases such as type-2 diabetes. This event is a celebration for the entire school community, including local elected officials, school district leadership, parents, and other community members.
Real Food for Kids partners with researchers from George Mason University to survey kids’ attitudes toward healthy eating before and after Food Day. In 2018, we found that elementary school students who participate in Real Food for Kids Food Day are 30 percent more aware of and interested in making healthy food choices.