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Dec. 2, 2013
Campus Dining at Northwest Missouri State University is doing its part to help area families who may not have enough to eat by donating its extra food to the Maryville Ministry Center.
Campus Dining began the donation program in October through Food Donation Connection, an Aramark-approved partner. Ministry Center staff pick up Campus Dining donations weekly and they are transported to the food pantry.
Sustainability and supporting the community is at the forefront of Northwest Campus Dining’s mission, said Ashley Cadenhead, Campus Dining Sustainability Coordinator and a Northwest student. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans throw away more than 25 percent of the food they prepare, which amounts to about 96 billion pounds of food waste each year.
“These donations are among the efforts Campus Dining has put in place to reduce our impact on the environment and combat hunger in our community,” Cadenhead said. “By diverting our leftovers that would have otherwise been composted, we are reducing our waste and helping the Ministry Center by allowing them to use our extra food and feed community members during their time of need.”
Currently, Campus Dining’s donations include food products from its entree and bakery stations in the J.W. Jones Student Union’s Bearcat Commons. Campus Dining donates cookies, muffins, vegetables, proteins and starches. Other Campus Dining stations will be added to the donation process in coming months.
“By donating some of our meats, vegetables and baked items, we will also help out Northwest hardscape and recycling staff through the reduction of compost,” Cadenhead said.
The Ministry Center serves lower income, needy residents of Nodaway County, including individuals of all ages, individuals with disabilities, homeless and disaster victims. In addition to a clothing room, the Ministry Center houses a food pantry. It served 4,158 individuals last year and delivered a total of 253,140 pounds of food.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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