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World Food Day at Volunteer State

By: Andrew Goldberg

Vol state would like to invite its students to participate in the 8th annual World Food Day celebration. World Food Day commemorates the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization. Its purpose is to promote worldwide awareness and action for accessible, fair, sustainable, and healthy food for all. For the last eight years, Vol State has partnered with multiple businesses and educational institutions to bring World Food Day to our campus.  

The World Food Day celebration will be taking place in person on Oct. 13 from 11am-1pm on the library quad and on the second floor of Steinhauer-Rogan-Black (SRB) as well as online for the remainder of the week.   

“As a high-impact practice, the event combines common intellectual experiences, service, and experiential learning to engage students and build intercultural connections,” said Kelly Ormsby, Associate Professor of English and Experiential Learning Coordinator.  

The event will feature student projects, cooking demonstrations, and community guests. Also, it will highlight the vital and interesting roles of food from home to classroom across local and global communities. This year the event will also be featuring Latinx elements as part of Vol States celebration of Hispanic Heritage month.   

Students can participate in the service aspect of World Food Day by volunteering at the table for The Feed. The Feed is Vol States very own food pantry. Their goal is to provide students with food, household, hygiene, and baby items to students no questions asked. The Feed is located in Wood Campus Center 102.  

“When our students are hungry, they do not have the capacity to focus.” says Tiffany Zwart, Coordinator of Student Support  

Due to the cafeteria being under construction, The Feed is offering all students ready-to-eat meals free of charge. Students can go to the Vol State website to get more information on The Feed.  

To learn more about the annual World Food Day celebration, students can visit the Food and Agriculture Organization website. Also, students can contact Kelly Ormsby at Kelly.Ormsby@volstate.edu for more information on how to be involved with World Food Day on campus. 

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