Path with Purpose: How OMD Came to Life.
The idea of eating One Meal a Day was born at MUSE School, the Southern California school that Suzy founded with her sister, Rebecca Amis in 2005. An environmentally-focused school, the sisters knew that in order to lighten the school’s ecological footprint even more, they needed to migrate to a plant-based lunch program. They set up talks with nutritionists, pediatricians, chefs, scientists and more, to educate themselves, the teachers and the parents. It wasn’t easy. There was resistance — to which Head of School Jeff King responded, “But it’s just one meal a day!” And it stuck.
OMD: The Book. The Movement.
The OMD team officially formed in 2017. Our mission: To build a global movement, community and campaign to support and inspire individuals to eat plant-based foods as a solution for climate change. OMD is also focused on food system change and expanding access to plant-based foods. Our efforts focus on two of the biggest targets: national restaurant chains and school lunch programs.
The book, OMD: The Simple, Plant-Based Program to Save Your Health, Save Your Waistline, and Save the Planet, is now available to spread the word and hold people’s hands as they take steps toward better health. It’s a combination of guide and personal story, full of tips, expert advice from doctors, and Suzy’s favorite recipes to inspire a different relationship with food — one meal at a time.
OMD also launched a campaign on the ground in North Carolina in the fall of 2018 to equitably get more plant-based foods on menus and in school lunch programs. This kind of change works to break down barriers to access, support community health and to also reduce people’s environmental “foodprint.”
Born out of OMD, Suzy’s new venture is food production — to create delicious and convenient food to help people everywhere. To do this, she initiated a seed-to-fork approach — from the development of seeds, the farming of ingredients, the processing of proteins and the advent of a holistic, new food company: OMD Foods.
Coming soon, OMD Foods will offer a means for families to dip a toe (or dive head-first!) into the world of plant-based eating.