Mayor’s Office Accepting Nominations for Annual Food Heroes Award
Cambridge to Honor Local Individuals Who Work to Improve Food Access for All
[Cambridge, MA] Mayor David Maher announced today that the Mayor’s Office will be accepting nominations for 2014 Food Hero Awards from September 18th through October 3rd, 2014. Cambridge Food Heroes will be honored at a special ceremony in the Mayor’s Office on October 23rd, in honor of the upcoming 4th Annual Food Day, a nationwide celebration of healthy, sustainably produced foods and a campaign for better food policies.
“We want to acknowledge the people in our city committed to reducing hunger and promoting healthy food culture in our city. The work they do to nourish our communities is invaluable, and we want to continue to encourage and celebrate their efforts,” said Mayor Maher. “It is a pleasure to continue the tradition of honoring local food heroes and I want to welcome nominations from every corner of Cambridge.”
Food Heroes nominees are individuals who dedicate their time and energy to ensuring that everyone in our community is nourished and cared for. Food Heroes are residents that help support local farms, gardens, or urban agriculture; those who work to reduce hunger or fight for food justice; those who support sustainable agriculture or fishing; or someone who fights for better working conditions for food or farm workers. Nominees can be educators, business owners, public employees, chefs, students or writers.
On October 23rd, Mayor Maher will be presenting awards to the selected Food Heroes and will host a celebration in City Hall for those who help to promote healthier diets or work to make healthier food more accessible to all.
Nomination forms are available on the Mayor’s website for download at http://www.cambridgema.gov/mayor or in print at the Mayor’s Office on the 2nd floor of City Hall. Cambridge residents who know someone that fits the description of a Food Hero are encouraged to submit a nomination. The committee will choose from submissions and the food heroes will be honored at a special ceremony on October 23rd. Nominations will be accepted via email at email@example.com or via mail at “Food Heroes Nomination, c/o Mayor’s Office, 795 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139”. The deadline for nominations is October 3rd, 2014.
Mayor Maher Announces Food Drive
As Fall Approaches, Non-Perishable Food Items are Needed at Local Food Pantries
[Cambridge, MA] Today, Mayor David Maher announced the beginning of a Mayor’s Food Drive to benefit Cambridge-based food pantries. The Mayor’s Office will be collecting donations of nutritious, non-perishable items in the Mayor’s Office on the 2nd Floor of City Hall, during regular City Hall hours. The food drive will begin on September 8th, and the Mayor’s Office will be accepting donations until October 1st. On September 19th, Cambridge’s annual celebration of PARK(ing) Day, the Mayor’s Office will also be accepting donations at its PARK(ing) space in front of City Hall. "As the colder weather and the holidays approach, the demand on our food pantries inevitably increases. We live in a very generous community and our hope is to alleviate that need with the donations we collect throughout the month," said Mayor Maher. "This September is an opportunity for the city to both celebrate our existing public spaces with PARK(ing) Day, as well as draw attention to the hard work that often goes unseen at our local food pantries." Cambridge food pantries are an essential resource that helps support low income families, individuals with disabilities, the unemployed, seniors with limited mobility, and many others. Local food pantries also offer a variety of resources surrounding housing stability, access to higher education programs, and advocacy for the needs of their visitors. The Mayor’s Office would also like to use the platform of PARK(ing) Day to draw attention to the incredible work of our food pantries, to thank them for their efforts, and to collect donations to be distributed to Cambridge-based organizations. "I hope that our food drive, as well as our space on PARK(ing) Day, will not only collect a great deal of donations, but will also serve as a celebration of the generosity and dedication of our food pantries to help our most vulnerable populations," said Mayor Maher. "I would like to invite residents of the entire City,
its employees, businesses and organizations to bring a donation of a non-perishable item to our office, or our PARK(ing) space on September 19th." PARK(ing) Day is a global event in which metered parking spaces are temporarily transformed into small public parks in order to spark critical thinking and conversation about urban environments and to allow for creative civic and community engagement. Nine years ago, Rebar, a San Francisco based art and design studio, started PARK(ing) Day to challenge how people think about the way streets are used, and the event quickly spread throughout the United States, and the world. It is now an annual event that occurs on the third Friday of September to elevate and celebrate public spaces. As of 2011, there were over 975 PARK(ing) Day installations around the world. As the event continues to grow and evolve, it has emerged as a great platform to draw attention to different social issues and causes in its respective environments. If there are questions regarding what items to donate, individuals, businesses and organizations are encouraged to call the Mayor’s Office at (617) 349-4321 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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