Travel Freak’s, National Food Day is on Friday, and we’re raising our forks on this Wild Wednesday to promote awareness of global hunger and sustainable foods options. Join us as we visit the National Geographic Museum in Washington D.C. to explore the current exhibit, FOOD: Our Global Kitchen that reveals facts on global hunger and sustainable foods, and we’ll also uncover other tasty Foodie events to join.  

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The harvest season is under way, and it’s time to visit local farmers markets and orchards to pick up fall produce and pumpkins. Living in the Midwest, we enjoy driving along the country roads and watching the process of farmers planting and tending their fields to the harvest. Overall, the United States is the world’s largest producer of corn in the world, with American consuming about 25 pounds of corn annually. Still, many people in the United States go hungry.

How can we create sustainable food systems to feed the worlds growing population? National Geographic magazine digs deeper into this topic through its eight-month series that explores sustainable solutions to feed the world. With the Future of Food iPad app you can follow the in-depth coverage from National Geographic’s magazine series that will include  rich storytelling, photography, video, and interactive maps and graphics to provide a multifaceted perspective on how we can feed our burgeoning population.

“The topic of food is relevant to all of us, and it quickly became apparent that we could have the most impact if we organized our efforts to span several years, allowing us to make investments in developing deeper layers of storytelling and engagement around the issues,” said Gary E. Knell, president and CEO of the National Geographic Society.

Explore The National Geographic Museum’s Exhibit “FOOD: Our Global Kitchen”

The National Geographic Museum is a great place to visit to explore the world and beyond. Among the current exhibits is the traveling exhibition FOOD: Our Global Kitchen, which ties in with the magazines in-depth series on sustainable food. This exhibit explores how the world eats and the future of food. There is a working kitchen in which they’ll be cooking up a few treats to sample. You can also cook up a virtual meal, and learn more about how food is grown, harvested, and transported around the world. And, you’ll receive a $1.00 off admission to the National Geographic Museum by donating a item like canned goods, boxed grains, healthy snacks and peanut butter to the Food Drive.

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(photo via national geographic)

There will be daily demonstrations and sampling from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and this week they’re cooking up a few tasty treats created with Apples. And, there are a number of special events which you can purchase tickets for throughout the exhibition, including the Geography of Food, in which Juan Valdés takes you behind the scenes on an Insider Tour of the maps department and the process that goes into creating maps that show how humans interact with our food.

Celebrate National Food Day With Local Events

Washington D.C.

While visiting Washington D.C. plan to join the free Harvest Festival that takes place Oct 25 from 10am to 3pm at the National Geographic Museum, located at 1145 17th Street NW. This festival includes fun hands-on activities as well as fruit and veggie watercolor painting, and more activities to enjoy. There will be food demonstrations, and a mini farmers market which is the location for the produce scavenger hunt that children will enjoy.

Orlando, FL

We joined the festive International Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot earlier this year. Now, Epcot is celebrating the fall season with International Food and Wine Festival that runs through Nov 10th. The festival is included with admission to Epcot, and lets you eat your way around the world. The festivities feature demonstrations by celebrity chefs, wine and food pairings, and over 25 global marketplaces that are offering a taste of flavors from around the world.

Atlanta, GA

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(photo via taste of atlanta)

Atlanta Foodies joined the Taste Revival kick-off party, which warmed up their taste buds for the Taste of Atlanta food festival running from October 25 – 27th. The streets of Atlanta will be lined with booths featuring signature dishes from the cities top restaurants offering a taste of southern favorites. Along with sampling great food there will be a fun family zone with activities, chef demonstrations, and you can learn about sustainable farming and other food topics.

Helping Reduce Hunger One Meal At A Time

 

Meals For School Children

Almost 12 million students eat breakfast at school, and 32 million children eat a school lunch each day. Through programs like the Hunger-Free Kids Act the USDA has helped provide healthy food choices in schools across the country. Programs in communities across the country continue to fight hunger on a local level every day. Check with your local school for available programs in your community!

Feeding America

Responding to the growing hunger crisis, Feeding America has provided food to those in need on a local level through a national network of food banks like Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc.. They are the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, with over 3.3 billion meals served to virtually every community in the United States.

Giving Hope During The Holidays

As the holidays approach, families across the nation continue to face the struggle to make ends meet. These families may be living right next door and you wouldn’t know it. Still, you can help make a difference in your community by donating can goods and other items to your local food drive. And, volunteers are always needed in soup kitchens preparing meals.

Learn More About These Topics

To download the Future of Food iPad app,  explore facts on feeding the world, and news on upcoming programming visit www.natgeofood.com.

Visit the National Food Day website to find a map of local places and events to visit.

The Epcot® International Food and Wine Festival included with admission to the park. For ticket prices, special events, and more to experience call (407) 939-3378 for reservations or visit the Walt Disney World Resorts website.

Wild Wednesday Facts:

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Look for National Geographic’s six-hour television series, “EAT: The Story of Food” that will premiere from Nov. 21-23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, on the National Geographic Channel. A DVD of the series will be released on Dec. 16 .

Share your thoughts and join the conversation on Food Day via Facebook.

Did You Know? National Geographic funds more than 300 research, conservation and exploration projects around the globe.

How Will You Celebrate National Food Day?

photos via Melody Schubert unless otherwise noted

With a passion for travel and creativity, Journalist and Photographer, Melody Schubert let’s her imagination guide her as she explores the world. For her, everyday is an opportunity to embrace something new, and explore intriguing and overlooked destinations that express the heart of a region, and share these discoveries with readers of Travel Freak. She is also Editorial Executive for USA Travel Magazine - http://www.usatravelmagazine.com/ where she shares more of travel interests.

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