Monday, October 27, 2014

Food Frenzy this week!

It's that time of the year! Ithaca Dining Services will once again transform Emerson Suites into a foodies dream for our annual Food Frenzy event!

To continue with our Hunger Awareness Month and No Kid Hungry themes, this Food Frenzy event will benefit the Food Bank of the Southern Tier's Backpack Program. The entry fee is 3 dollars, and this will give you admission into the event. Inside, there will be lots of food vendors giving out samples of their products. Some of the vendors include:
- Starbucks
- Stonyfields
- Synder Pretzels
- Priates Booty
- Bosco's Pizza
- Finger Lakes Fresh
- General Mills
- Joey's Jerky

As well as samplings from Sodexo's dining halls, catering and retail locations. Some of the specific food samplings include:
- Chocolate Peanut Butter whoopie pie
- Chicken Machaca Taco (with local tortillas and cilantro)
- Samosas with Spicy Peanut soup
- Organic Red Quinoa with local Butternut Squash

Although Food Frenzy may not have a blatantly obvious connect with Meatless Monday, there is something to be said about feeding our hungry people and restructuring our food system. Food Frenzy supports the Backpack Program, which for only 3 dollars can fill a backpack full of food that will prevent students in our country from being hungry over weekends and holidays. This all ties into Meatless Monday and WasteLESS Week. Here are some food waste and hunger facts for the United States:
  • According to figures provided by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Economic Forum, roughly 70 billion pounds of food is lost in the United States each year. 
  • It is estimated that 25 – 40% of food grown, processed and transported in the US will never be consumed. 
  • 1 in 6 people in America faces hunger, that’s nearly 49 million people

If food could be diverted and used to feed the hungry, rather than being thrown in the landfill or compost, we would be able to feed so many more people. This action takes a lot of planning, sacrifice and commitment. We have to change our behavior so that we only take what we can eat, and we finish all of that food. Large buffet style dining will have to be restricted so that consumers only take what is necessary rather than stuffing themselves beyond full. Convenience will have to be replaced by planning, and diets will have to shift in order to end the constant stream of mindlessly eating and wasting.

I believe that Meatless Monday is a step in the right direction for restructuring diets, thought processes around eating, our agriculture system, and our overall relationship with food. In the United States especially, our lifestyles and eating habits must shift in order to stop hunger. Feeding America gives a lot of great information about hunger, including the stats that you read above. If you are interested in learning more, visit:

This week, your first step against hunger can be to attend our Food Frenzy event to benefit the Food Bank of the Southern Tier's Backpack Program. After that, work on wasting less in the dining hall (see below blog posts) and participating in Meatless Monday so that less resources are being used to produce our food and in turn more food can be produced.

Happy Meatless Monday - and I hope to see you at Food Frenzy!
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1 comment:

  1. This is a great information. I'll surely check this one out.