Tuesday, October 29, 2013


Food Frenzy is coming! Can you smell it in the air? This Halloween, (Thursday, October 31st), 18 local vendors will be coming to Emerson Suites on IC’s campus to offer samples of their products. It will run from 11:30am-2pm. Admission is $3/person and gets you unlimited food samples. Tickets are available at the door. And best of all, profits will go the Food Bank of the Southern Tier’s Backpack program.

For those of you who haven’t heard, the Backpack program provides children at hunger risk in the area with a backpack full of nutritious food every Friday of the school year. The idea is to provide these kids who depend on school lunches during the week with nutritious food even on the weekends, when school is not in session.

We know what you’re thinking: what does this have to do with being sustainable? Besides the standard practices we will be utilizing there, such as wasting less and composting, we are purporting an equally important sustainability initiative: feeding the hungry. 

After all, looking out for the environment means looking out for each other, because the environment cannot just be defined resources such as trees and water, without also being defined as the human capital all around us. We have no choice but to be specially interested in the wellbeing of each other, whether that is composting, conserving forest, or helping feed a hungry child. No one here would argue that protecting the environment for its intrinsic is not important. However, sustainability is only really relevant if we protect the environment for our interest. Therefore, if we do not protect each other as much as the environment, we are failing our mission. In that way, Food Frenzy is sustainable because it the money raised helps benefit the health and wellbeing of generations both now and tomorrow.

So, if you prefer treats over tricks, then come bring a friend, have a laugh and some food samples and make difference in a child’s life. Don't forget to eat what you take and compost what you can't finish!

See you there!
IC's Sodexo Sustainability Interns

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