OCTOBER 18, 2019

Part Assembly, part Field Day, Real Food for Kids Food Day is celebration of healthy eating and an opportunity to inspire the choices children make now and into their future


Since 2011, Real Food for Kids Food Day event has engaged an entire elementary school community in a day focused on healthy eating and physical fitness.


Part assembly, part dance party, part field day, kids cycle through a series of fun activities at Food Day while trying new foods and gaining exposure to lessons designed to instill understanding of healthy lifestyle choices.


Real Food for Kids Food Day events are held each year at schools in underserved communities (Title I schools), reaching students at highest risk for food insecurity and diet-related diseases such as type-2 diabetes.

The signature highlight of Food Day is our “Big Salad” assembled in a baby pool by Chef David Guas (Bayou Bakery) with the help of our youngest students.



Other activities this year will include

• Healthy breakfast with renowned DC-area Chef Cathal Armstrong (Kaliwa)

• Tasting of an Athlete Bowl created by DC United Goalie Bill Hamid and prepared by chefs from Jose Andres’ ThinkFoodGroup

• Soccer Clinic with players from DC United and DC Scores

• Vegetable Relay Race with Kate Garsson of INOVA’s Healthy Plate Club

• Infused Water Sampling/lesson on added sugar in common beverages with George Mason University School of Nutrition and Food Studies


Food Day is regularly attended by 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.


In addition to the main event at Carlin Springs Elementary School, we will be hosting satellite events at schools throughout the region in 2019. If you are interested in hosting a Food Day event at your school in 2020, please let us know!

Watch this video from Food Day 2018!

Interested in sponsoring Food Day in 2020? Contact Jenn Yates.



Real Food For Kids is committed to working in collaboration with our partners to increase the quantities of healthful foods in our school systems, developing and delivering programs that educate our students and their families on making healthier lifestyle choices, and ensuring access to real whole foods for all school children.






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