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WHEREAS the health and well-being of our citizens is of primary concern for the Mayor and Council of Cherry Hill Township; and
WHEREAS on Thursday, Oct. 24, the Township will celebrate Food Day, a grassroots effort to educate residents of the importance of having access to healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food, and raise awareness of the need for better food policies; and
WHEREAS reducing obesity and diet-related diseases by promoting safe and healthy diets is a critical factor in improving citizens’ overall health and protecting the environment and farm animals is necessary to sustain future generations; and
WHEREAS supporting sustainable family farms and local agriculture benefits the local economy, while expanding access to food and ending hunger is critically important to aid those who live in ‘food deserts’; and
WHEREAS obtaining fair pay and safe conditions for food and farm workers helps to ensure that the food we produce and consume is safe and fair for all, while curbing the mass marketing of junk foods to children is vital in helping to raise a generation of healthy children; and
WHEREAS Cherry Hill Township and the Cherry Hill Mayor’s Wellness Campaign are proud to join with Sustainable Cherry Hill and its Green Health Task Force to observe Food Day, and to raise local awareness of these important issues.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, CHUCK CAHN, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Mayor of the Township of Cherry Hill, County of Camden, State of New Jersey, do hereby proclaim Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, to be
in the Township of Cherry Hill and do urge all citizens to join with me and Council in protecting and promoting our local economy and local agriculture, and educating our neighbors on the importance of eating healthy, sustainably produced food, to ensure a happy, healthy future for ourselves and our children.
_____________________________Chuck CahnMayorOctober 15, 2013