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  •  Making Sustainability Work: Annie's Inc.

    On Thursday, October 17th, the Food and Agribusiness Institute partnered with a number of other campus groups to bring Shauna Sadowski, the Director of Sustainability for Annie’s Inc., to the Santa Clara campus to discuss the company’s sustainable business practices and goals. Shauna began her presentation by sharing Annie’s mission statement, which reads: “Our mission is to cultivate a healthier, happier world by spreading goodness through nourishing foods, honest words and conduct that is considerate and forever kind to the planet. We have focused on building a successful and growing business in pursuit of our mission.”

     Shauna delivered an informative and creative presentation that explained the company’s unique approach to sustainability in the work place, the company’s main environmental concerns, and current projects that aim to help Annie’s be more sustainable while also raising awareness about smart and organic agriculture. Annie’s prides itself on its wide range of organic products and its attention to farm to fork and relationships with farmers.

    The Environmental Studies and Sciences (ESS) Department helped to co-sponsor the event and many ESS students expressed interest in pursuing careers that are similar to Shauna’s. The event had a great turnout and Shauna was a personable presenter who provided interesting information about Annie’s as a company and also offered insight to the world of sustainability and eco-friendly careers. 

    Thank you Shauna for visiting Santa Clara and thank you to all who attended the event! 

  •  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!

  •  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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