Today’s guest post comes from Gail Stephens, Programs and Development Associate at STOP Foodborne Illness, a nonprofit public health organization.
An inaugural national event is approaching: Food Day!
As part of the Food Day Advisory Board, STOP Chief Executive Officer Deirdre Schlunegger has been working alongside Jane Fonda, Ellie Krieger, Michael Pollen and others to raise awareness about food safety and give individuals tools to help reduce their risk of contracting a foodborne illness.
On October 24th, at the John Hancock building, contestants will spin a wheel to learn about food safety. All contestants will win prizes, like hand sanitizer, meat thermometers, timers, and storage containers. All are eligible to be contestants, and expect to see some local celebrities! The Food Day wheel may appear on local TV outlets as well.
To help make Food Day a success, STOP is seeking donations of any unused kitchen safety equipment such as meat thermometers, hand sanitizer, cutting boards, coolers, and storage containers.
STOP is also looking for volunteers to be at the Hancock Center from 7:00am-12:00pm the day of the event! All volunteers will receive a free t-shirt from STOP Foodborne Illness.
Volunteers may be asked to do one of the following:
Man the wheel
Hand out trivia cards/brochures
Keep crowds in line-get them to the wheel
Hand out prizes
Gather email addresses for database
STOP Foodborne Illness (formerly known as STOP – Safe Tables Our Priority) was founded in the aftermath of the 1993 west coast E. coli O157:H7 outbreak, caused by contaminated fast food, in which four children died and hundreds became ill. Families who survived loved ones banded together and created STOP. Through STOP, they found support and a place to voice their frustration and inspire change. These were not microbiologists, doctors and pathologists—but fathers, mothers, siblings, and children who knew they had to raise a voice that America would hear. STOP has significantly improved public health by raising awareness about foodborne pathogens, advocating for stricter regulations and assisting those personally impacted by foodborne illness.
Interested in volunteering at Food Day? Contact STOP!