By Keturah Tobias
Volunteer State Community College will host a virtual and on-campus World Food Day event Thursday, Oct. 21. Students and staff are invited to learn more about sustainable and culturally diverse foods from guest speakers and student projects.
Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) speaker, Jinal Shah, will give a presentation discussing nutrition starting at 9 a.m. Shah’s presentation will occur over Zoom. Shah studies Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics and last spoke in India in 2018.
Student organizations like Phi Theta Kappa will be passing out free lunches during the on-campus event. Vol State’s student food bank, The Feed, will also be on campus accepting donations. According to the Campus Event page, students can also expect “give-ways [that] include stuff-a-plush, personalized mason jars, and t-shirts along with World Food Day related student projects, cooking demos, and community guests.”
For the virtual event, students will present culturally diverse, food-related works. Guests like Dr. Tony Johnson and Dr. Justin Gardener from Middle Tennessee State University’s School of Agriculture and Vanderbilt’s Humphrey’s Fellows will be attending.
The campus event will last from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Thigpen Plaza located outside the Thigpen Library. The virtual event will take place in Gathertown, an online networking software similar to Zoom. The virtual activities will last from 4 – 6 p.m. and students can find the registration link on the Campus Event page.
According to the International Institute for Sustainable Development, “World Food Day is celebrated annually on 16 October to promote global awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger, and to highlight the need to ensure healthy diets for all. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) designated 16 October as World Food Day in 1979.”
“you can share some of your country’s food traditions. We would really love to have you or just come check it out,” said event organizer Kelly Ormsby. Students can contact Ormsby via email or visit Vol State’s World Food Day website for more information.