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  •  Cost of a Healthy Meal Research Project

    It has been over two years since the inception of the “Cost of a Healthy Meal” research project in the summer of 2011. Our research team has conducted over 740 interviews thus far and by October 2013 we intend to collect and analyze 800 primary interviews, as well as secure 100 secondary and 100 tertiary follow-up interviews.

    This study is growing in popularity among the SCU campus community which is evident by the increasing amount of student interest in the project. This spring, we received nearly 70 internship applications for 16 internship positions. The first group of interns recently wrapped up their work and the second group has begun training and is eager to start site visits. 

    Our data has been extremely useful in understanding the constraints low-income populations have for obtaining a healthy diet. Statistics show that the average expenditure on food is around $5.93/ day with a high variation of $4.30-$9.52. Regardless of variation, our data shows the majority of individuals within Santa Clara and San Mateo counties are spending more than the $5.37/ day that the USDA claims is sufficient for a healthy diet.

    The research team has grown substantially and is utilizing the different skill sets of our student research assistants.  Stay tuned for a formal update at a later FAI event!


    ~ Update courtesy of Courtney Robinson, Research Assistant and FAI MBA Specialization Student

  •  Annie's is coming to SCU!

    Annie's Homegrown: A Unique Approach to Sustainability

    Do you love Annie's mac & cheese as much as FAI does? If so, come hear Shauna Sadowski, Director of Sustainability at Annie's Homegrown Inc., talk about the company's attention to social responsibility, sustainability, and of course, taste! Annie's mission statement, as stated below, aligns closely with FAI's priorities and interests.

    "To cultivate a healthier and happier world by spreading goodness through nourishing foods, honest words and conduct that is considerate and kind to the planet."

    Annie's has a unique approach to sustainability and greatly values organice products and responsible agriculture. The event will provide an opportunity for Santa Clara students and staff to hear more about the company through the eyes of an accomplished and dedicated member of the Annie's team.

     

    When: Thursday, October 17th, from 5:00pm - 7:00pm

    Where: Wiegand Room, Arts & Sciences 102

    Cost? Free!

    Food and drink will be provided by FAI!

    Register here: http://anniesatscu.eventbrite.com

     

    We hope you will join us!

  •  Food for Thought: Slow Food Movement

    SLOW FOOD SOUTH BAY

    Thursday, May 30th

    Noon - 1:00pm

    Room 126, Lucas Hall 

     

    Peg Champion and Brad Whitworth will present the mission, programs, successes and challenges of the Slow Food movement.

    RSVP: www.slowfoodsouthbay.eventbrite.com 

    Slow Food is a non-profit organization dedicated to clean, good, and fair food throuough the world. Slow Food South Bay is a local chapter of the International Slow Food Movement, which has over 100,000 members globally. Slow Food promotes education about food production, labeling, social justice, school nutrition, and farm polices.

     

    Come to this Food for Thought lecture to learn about the advocacy work being done by leaders in our local food community. 

     

    For more information, contact : armadden@scu.edu - OR - www.slowfoodsouthbay.org

    Click here to check out the event flyer for more information!

  •  Hunger Week: Fast and Feast!

     

     

    To end Hunger Week 2013, we will be holding a day long fast with a feast at the end to celebrate the completion of Hunger Week! Be sure to wear your yellow wristband so show your support to end hunger and raise awareness! We will be tabling during lunch hours next Monday thru Thursday, so pick up your wristbands then. Below are further details about the feast.

    When?

    Thursday May 23rd at 6:30pm

    Where?

    Lucas Patio on the 3rd Floor

    Why?

    Delicious food for all from meat-eaters to pescatarians to vegetarians!

    Raise awareness of hunger and show your support by wearing the yellow wristbands.  

    It is also a way to get involved with SCU’s newest club BTGAP, Bridging the Gap to Alleviating Poverty. The club has a lot of opportunities available for its members, so get involved now!

    How do you get a spot at this delicious feast?

    RSVP @ www.hungerweekfeast.eventbrite.com  to confirm your place at the table!

     

    We hope to see you there! Make sure to spread the word about Hunger Week by adding #scuhungerweek2013 to your Instagrams/Twitter/Facebook images of the events!

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