Food Awareness Night set Dec. 8 at Gettysburg College

Food's economic, social, and environmental dimensions will be the focus of Food Awareness Night Dec. 8 at Gettysburg College.

Numerous activities are planned during the 5 to 7:45 p.m. dinner period at the campus Dining Center:

  • A sustainable holiday gift sale including fair-trade coffee, tea, and chocolate; sponsorships that will deliver a farm animal to those in need through Heifer International; and certificates that sponsor weekly fruit and vegetable supplies for low-income families in the Gettysburg area as well as supporting local farmers.
  • Representatives of local organizations that deal with food issues will be on hand, including Audrey Hess from the Adams County Local Food Network and South Central Community Action Programs (SCCAP), Kathy Glahn from the Adams County Farmers' Market Association and Farm to Chef Gettysburg, and Judy Marti from Broad Valley Orchard.
  • Informal information tables and displays. Those who visit the tables will receive extra tickets for a free t-shirt raffle open to all attendees.
  • "Food gurus"—representatives of sustainability-related student groups such as the Campus Kitchen, Painted Turtle Farm—will move around among diners to disseminate information and answer questions.
  • Everyone will be going "trayless." Doing away with trays has been shown to reduce food waste, trash, and water and energy usage.

The event is co-sponsored by Gettysburg College's Campus Kitchen, Center for Public Service, Peace Club, Gettysburg Environmental Concerns Organization, and Painted Turtle Farm. Also involved are students from environmental studies Prof. Salma Monani's first-year seminar "Food: for Thought and Action and residents of the Cooking House and Natural Kitchens House, and others.

The event is open to the public. The non-student charge for dinner is $9.50.

Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences. With a student body of approximately 2,500, it is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. The college was founded in 1832.


Contact: Jim Hale, online content editor

Posted: Fri, 5 Dec 2008




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