National studies have shown that over half of the students enrolled in college courses have to choose between educational expenses and food annually; 21% of those students make that choice for all 12 months in the year.
With 20.5 million people enrolled in college courses across the country, the number of students who experience food insecurity is pretty significant.
UMass Dining wants to change that.
This will consist of:
- September 30th; 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm: "Pay What You Will" pre-packaged meals using produce from UMass Permaculture and local farms on Goodell Lawn at the UMass Student Farmers' Market; includes recipe and nutritional information.
- October 14th; 12:00 pm - 4:00pm: UMass Dining's Maroon Apron- a package with all the ingredients you need to make your own healthy, sustainable, delicious meal at home.
- Each package includes gleaned and "imperfect" vegetables from a local farm, exact proportions of all ingredients, and a recipe. For pick-ups come to the UMass Student Farmers' Market on Goodell Lawn.
More events TBA; check this blog frequently for updated information! Or visit the UMass Permaculture booth at the UMass Student Farmers' Market on Goodell Lawn every Friday this semester from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm to learn more!