UNCW Lends Voice to Local Food Issues Dialogue

Friday, October 21, 2016

UNCW is once again partnering with Feast Down East and community organizations for “Food Day Wilmington 2016."

Food Day is a nationwide celebration of and movement toward more healthy, affordable and sustainable food for all. Every Oct. 24, events are held across the country to foster an awareness for a healthy food system.

This year’s event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of UNCW’s Wagoner Hall. Planned activities are free and open to the public, and include a Sustainable Food Fair with community organizations and businesses showcasing their food-related offerings and services, as well a food drive to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. Attendees are encouraged to bring a contribution.
Locally sourced lunch specials will be available in Wagoner Dining Hall and via the Seahawk Food Wagon.

On Oct. 21, Matt Rogers of UNCW Campus Dining and Aramark, participated in International Food Day at Forest Hills Global Elementary School with Feast Down East FoodCorps service member, Jordyn Appel.

Appel has been working alongside the staff and students of Forest Hills to create a Global Garden, with each of the raised beds representing a variety of crops one would find across several continents.

Each grade level visited the garden to learn about global food and how American cuisine has been shaped by other cultures. The students also sampled dishes of fare reflective of the foods currently growing in the garden while learning about farm-to-school-based activities from teachers and event volunteers.

The Seahawk Food Wagon was also on hand to give students a cooking demonstration.

--Caroline Cropp