Eat Green Give Green
14,115! That’s the total number of salads eaten during our March 2013 Eat Green Give Green Campaign! We far surpassed our target of 10,000 salads by our campus communities. Students and community members were encouraged to Eat Green during March, National Nutrition Month, and were thanked for demonstrating their commitment to healthy eating with a donation of an ounce of fresh produce to an organization providing fresh, healthy produce to communities to whom it would greatly benefit.
The winning organization is Team Walker with 2,881 votes from students across Gourmet Dining campuses in New Jersey and New York. Team Walker is a Jersey City based organization. The Team Walker mission is “To uplift and create positive alternatives for the youth of Jersey City through programs designed to enlighten participants and teach the importance of solid academics, teamwork and sportsmanship.” This mission is accomplished by providing effective after school academic and athletic programs that now include programs on wellness, with a focus on health & nutrition. We’re so excited to present Team Walker with 882 pounds of fresh produce. We love to support our local farmers, so we’ll aim to source as close to 100% of this produce locally. Team Walker will use this produce to serve the members of their community through the free farmers market. The Market is open to everyone the community, and asks that people volunteer to organize the event, promote healthy recipes, and do sample preparation at the market to demonstrate healthful preparations of produce. At least 200 pounds will be set aside for student use after school that week, for their snack preparations.
At Gourmet Dining, we feel like this campaign was a win-win! We introduced students to new salad creations, and encouraged healthy eating by giving back to our local community. Student comments were very positive, including that they liked the colorful aspect of the posters and the salads, which drew them to the salad bar and made them feel inclined to eat healthier. Students on many of our campuses know that we are a local company and that we make many efforts throughout the year to give back to our communities, and commended our efforts for doing so.
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