Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi Urges Consumers to Help Celebrate Food Day 2012

Hayward, California (EastBayDaily) — Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi (D-Hayward) is encouraging consumers to help celebrate Food Day, which takes place on October 24, 2012. Organizations like the Alameda County Community Food Bank will be holding events to raise awareness about sustainable food, advocacy and hunger.

“Food Day raises awareness about important issues concerning our nation’s health, including access to affordable and nutritious food and the reforming the way in which our food is produced,” stated Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi. “There are a lot of policy matters related to food that need the public’s attention and involvement, from animal welfare and hunger to environmental concerns and farm worker rights.”

Food Day was established by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer advocacy organization dedicated to achieving a healthy diet for all Americans. Food Day works to promote safer and healthier diets, support sustainable and organic farms, and reduce hunger. The organization reports that around 50 million Americans are considered "food insecure," or near hunger.

For the Alameda County Community Food Bank, every day is food day, as they distribute enough food for 300,000 meals every week. Each year, Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi has hosted a holiday food drive for the Food Bank at the Oakland Zoo, the last of which raised a record 2,000 pounds in food donations.

The Alameda County Community Food Bank will be hosting several events on Food Day, including sorting fresh produce, and leading workshops on CalFresh benefits. For more information on volunteer opportunities, please visit

To find out more about Food Day, please visit

Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi serves the 18th Assembly District, which includes San Leandro, Hayward, Dublin, most of Castro Valley and Pleasanton, and a portion of Oakland, as well as the unincorporated areas of Ashland, Cherryland, San Lorenzo and Sunol.


Ross Warren
Office of Assemblymember Mary Hayashi