Food Day celebration to be held on campus

Food DayWestern Oregon University will participate in national Food Day on Thursday, Oct. 24 with activities on campus. All events, with the exception of the clean dinner, are free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by Campus Dining, WOU Food Pantry, Campus Garden, the Green Team, and Green Wolf Sustainability Club.

Food Day is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable and sustainably produced food and a grassroots campaign for better food policies. Food Day aims to help people eat real by cutting back on sugar drinks, overly salted packaged foods, and fatty, factory-farmed meats in favor of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and sustainably raised protein. For more information about Food Day, visit

The full schedule:

Food Drive & Pumpkins for People
All day at the Werner University Center (WUC) Plaza

Donate non-perishable food or money to the WOU Campus Food Pantry on Thursday (and Friday if supplies last) and get a pumpkin just in time for Halloween. Pumpkins donated by Charlie’s Produce. Sponsored by the WOU Food Pantry.

Food Day information fair
11 a.m. to 2 p.m., WUC second floor
Check out tables with various vendors, organizations and demonstrations. Participants include:  Odwalla, Portland Food Day scheduleRoasting Company, Charlie’s Produce, Columbia Gorge Organic, WOU Campus Garden, WOU Food Pantry, Yeasty Beasty, Western Compass Fair Trade table, WOU Green Team, composting expert from Republic Services, WOU campus recycling demonstration and tips by Campus Dining.

My Pura Vida Loca: Lessons from the Jungle Kitchen
2 to 3 p.m., WUC Columbia Room
Misha Peel, healthy communities coordinator for Polk County, shares her food-related experiences learning about sustainable living and agriculture in Costa Rica.

Never Fry Bacon Naked: The Role of Food in Romantic Relationships 
3 to 4 p.m., WUC Columbia Room
Dr. Natalie DeWitt shares her research on the ways in which food influences romantic or intimate ties throughout the stages of a relationship. DeWitt is an assistant professor of community health in WOU’s Division of Health & Physical Education.

“Clean” dinner, a movie, and caramel apples
5 to 8 p.m., Valsetz Dining Hall
This dinner features À la carte pricing and fresh produce from the Campus Garden. Meal plans, debit/credit cards and cash accepted. Check the Campus Dining website for menu & pricing:

6 p.m., Valsetz Dining Hall, Mt. Jefferson Room
Watch the movie “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.”

7:30 p.m., Valsetz Dining Hall, Mt. Jefferson Room
Grab some free caramel apples made from local apples. Sponsored by the WOU Green Team.

For more information contact Jackson Stalley at 503.838.8894 or

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