Three sustainability-focused student groups have come together to host a dinner and discussion about healthy, sustainable food choices Thursday, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m. at MorningStar Solar Home on campus.
The event, "Food for Thought," is co-hosted by student members of Eco-Action, the Vegetarian Club and the Penn State Student Farm with support from several other campus and community groups.
“Food is a beautiful way to connect with people, because everybody eats,” Alison Kelly (senior–agricultural sciences), co-president of Eco-Action at Penn State, said. “We hope this will be an interesting way to bring people together for conversations and learning.”
In addition to vegan and vegetarian meal options, featuring food grown on the Penn State Student Farm, Horticulture Farm and other community growers, the $3 entry fee also allows access to a series of speakers — ranging from local farmers to sustainable food advocates and a demonstration on preparing a simple, “sustainable dorm dish."
The Penn State Ukulele Club will also perform as dinner entertainment.
“Our major goal is to share how easy and tasty being sustainable really can be,” said Maddy Nyblade (senior–geoscience), co-president of Eco-Action. “By learning how to find locally sourced food and engaging with others who are interested in living sustainably, we can all learn simple tips to live in a healthier, more sustainable way.”
Weather permitting, the Beekeepers Club will also be providing tours of their hives during the event.
“Whether you are already living sustainably or are just interested in learning more, this event will have something for everyone,” said Haley Stauffer (junior–bio renewable systems), event planner for Eco-Action and a member of the Penn State Student Farm. “Everything from the food we are serving to the plates we will be serving it on to the building we will be eating in have been carefully planned in a sustainable way.”