periclesWe all need to eat. Some of us eat well—enjoying access to healthy, fresh food. Others struggle to find adequate food to sustain them, or are forced to rely on processed, fatty, non-nutritious food. Fighting hunger and increasing the supply of environmentally sustainable and responsibly produced food are two sides of the same issue. If you care about where your food comes from or whether others have enough to eat, take a look at these opportunities.

How to Get Involved

Classes

Here are a few classes that may be of interest to you. For descriptions of these classes, and for others related to this issue, please see the course catalog at drew.edu/catalog.

  • ANTH 323: Food for Thought: Nutritional Anthropology
  • ENG 306/ESS 381: Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Language: Food, Justice and US Literature
  • PSCI 316: Social Policy and Inequality in America

Clubs

STUDENTS FOR SUSTAINABLE FOOD

Works with students, administration and dining services to educate people and advocate for better, more sustainable food on Drew’s campus.

DREW ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION LEAGUE (DEAL)

Seeks to increase campus awareness of environmental issues. The group’s members work to promote activism and positive change toward a more sustainable world through events, activities and discussions, and to provide environmental volunteer opportunities both on and off campus.

VOLUNTEER RESOURCE CENTER (VRC)

Seeks to empower and aid the Drew community to volunteer on and off campus, to provide another dimension to the “Drew experience,” and to connect the benefits of service with a liberal arts education.

Contact: To learn more and get involved, please email stuactiv@drew.edu or call 973.408.3924.

Special Programs

ECO-REPS

Promotes environmentally responsible behavior in residence halls, including energy conservation, recycling and responsible water use. Each Eco-rep assists with and provides programs and activities related to environmental sustainability. Eco-reps meet with their resident assistant and/or resident director at least monthly to plan and coordinate programs and activities.

Contact: Christina Notas, Sustainability Coordinator, at cnotas@drew.edu or 973.408.3660.

Community Partners

AMERICA’S GROW-A-ROW

Seeks to positively impact as many lives as possible through a volunteer effort of planting, harvesting, rescuing and delivering free fresh produce. Volunteers are always needed to pick up food from local supermarkets and to deliver it to food pantries in the area, as well as to help plant and harvest food.

Contact: To volunteer, complete a volunteer application at americasgrowarow.org/volunteer.

GROW IT GREEN MORRISTOWN

Builds community through collaborative projects centered around food, education and shared outdoor spaces. Volunteer opportunities include harvesting, helping at the farm stand, weeding, building infrastructure for gardening projects and office work.

Contact: Visit growitgreenmorristown.org and send an email through the site describing how you’d like to help.

INTERFAITH FOOD PANTRY

Provides nonperishable supplemental and emergency food to eligible Morris County residents in need. Volunteer opportunities include food sorting, shelf stocking, food distribution and office work.

Contact: Doug McMahon, Volunteer Coordinator, Interfaith Food Pantry, at dougmcmahon@mcifp.org or 973.538.8049, ext. 218, or submit an application at mcifp.org.

THE COMMUNITY SOUP KITCHEN AND OUTREACH CENTER

Provides nutritious meals in a warm, safe and caring environment, free of charge, no questions asked, to anyone who comes seeking nourishment at the Church of the Redeemer in Morristown. Volunteer opportunities include serving lunch to guests, sorting fresh produce for the Healthy Choices Market and assisting with fundraising.

Contact: Volunteer@CSKMorristown.org or learn more at cskmorristown.org.