A nationwide grassroots campaign will culminate today, October 24th with the celebration of Food Day. The Food Day campaign now in its third year, builds momentum all year with a final event day on October 24th, when thousands of schools, businesses, and communities participate by setting up their own events and pledging to “eat real.”

The goal of the movement is to encourage schools, families, and businesses to eat local, sustainable, and healthy food while simultaneously ensuring that no food goes to waste and that conditions for both farm industry workers and farm animals are humane. Another goal is to find ways to provide affordable healthy food to lower income families and individuals and end the hunger problem in the United States.

One in five families in the U.S. doesn’t know where their next meal will come from, and yet one third of children are overweight or obese. Food Day has recently launched the “Get Food Education in Every School” initiative to raise awareness about the importance of a healthy diet for a health life, and to work with associations to bring affordable food to families and schools in low-income areas. The initiative has been successful so far, with thousands of schools across the country pledging to participate in this year’s Food Day.

The Food Day campaign is organized by the Center for Science in the Public Interest but is run by citizens, as anyone can pledge to host an event and spread the word. The website has a list of Food Day 2013 coordinators for anyone who wants to take the lead and coordinate a committee or event or simply volunteer. It’s also easy to locate events near you using an event map on the campaign’s website.

Rhode Island is participating in the campaign, with Roger Williams University hosting a four day long Food Day scavenger hunt and various elementary schools in the state pledging to participate by organizing Food Day-related activities. For a list of all events in Rhode Island and surrounding areas, click here.

Short notice? If you can’t participate in an event this year, take the pledge to “eat real” yourself! Go one day eating only local and organic food, visit a farmer’s market once a week to support your local farmers, or commit to eating only sustainable produce for the rest of the year.

And be sure to spread the word through social media. It’s easy to share Food Day, and the website even gives you sample social media posts you can just copy and paste onto your Facebook or Twitter. The best way to help the Food Day campaign grow and to promote a healthier lifestyle across the country is to get the word out, so tell your friends and family about the Food Day campaign and take the pledge to “eat real” today.