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SFSC Hosts Food Day Oct. 24

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South Florida State College (SFSC) will host Food Day, a nationwide celebration and a movement toward more healthy, affordable, and sustainable food culminating. Food Day will be held on Thursday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., in the SFSC University Center Auditorium and Lobby, Highlands Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The event, sponsored by SFSC’s allied health department, is a chance to celebrate what our food system does right and take action to bring us closer to “real food” that is produced with care for the environment, animals, and the women and men who grow, harvest, and serve it.

“SFSC’s allied health programs all share a common interest in nutrition,” said Rebecca Sroda, associate dean of allied health. “This event is a great way to get the campus and community involved. Students will have the opportunity to practice and teach the public what they have learned about nutrition and how it relates to their profession.”

The event will feature healthy cooking and gardening demonstrations, student videos, sidewalk art, a movie screening, and several informational booths. Local farmers will provide fresh fruit and vegetables available for purchase.

SFSC’s chapter of the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC) will hold a food drive during the event and will accept healthy, nonperishable food items including boxed, bagged, and canned food. Donations can be dropped off anytime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

For more information on Food Day or to participate, contact Sroda at 863-784-7021 or email rebecca.sroda@southflorida.edu.


Schedule of events:

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Farmers Market

Fresh fruits and vegetables available for sale

Cooking Demonstrations

Learn how to prepare healthy meals and snacks

Cooking grass-fed beef (presented by Publix)

Foodscaping (presented by master gardener David Austin)

Caribbean Chicken (presented by caterer Asten Waugh)

Infused Water

Informational Booths and Demonstrations

Backyard gardening (starter kits provided by Home Depot)

The effects of soda on tooth enamel

Fats in food and artery clogging effects

Organic Co-op

Purples and Greens Organics

A 100% certified organic produce delivery service for Highlands, Hardee, and Polk County

Food Drive

SFSC Chapter of the Association of Florida Colleges


11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

“Hungry for Change”

Documentary exposes the deceptive strategies of the diet weight loss and food industry and reveals how you can escape the diet trap forever.


10:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.           

Food Day Student Video Contest

Viewing          10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Judging           1:15 – 2:15 p.m.                             


3 p.m.                                        

Student Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest


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