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Christian Brothers University and Aramark Food Services are proud to announce a new partnership with Memphis Tilth’s Bring It Food Hub Program, an aggregate distributor of local food, all of which is sourced from over three dozen farms within a 150-mile radius of Memphis. The purchasing agreement, which will increase the amount of locally produced food in CBU’s cafeteria, is an initiative of CBU’s Food Committee, whose vision is a university community committed to the betterment of society and the care of God’s creation through our role in the local food system. “CBU students and employees,” says Dr. Emily Holmes, the committee’s chair, “will now be able to enjoy the freshest produce while supporting our local farmers. Local purchasing is better for the environment, it’s better for our local economy, and it’s better for our health. This is a win-win-win decision.”
Memphis Tilth is a local nonprofit with the mission to cultivate collective action for an economically sustainable, socially equitable, and environmentally sound local food system. Memphis Tilth is comprised of seven different programs: GrowMemphis Community Gardens (of which CBU’s Vanderhaar Community Peace Garden is a member), Bring It Food Hub, Food & Faith Initiative, Community Kitchen, Food Access & Affordability, Food Policy, and Urban Farms Memphis.
The mission of Bring It Food Hub is to promote community development in Memphis and the Mid-South by increasing access to healthy, affordable local foods and strengthening farmer livelihoods. Bring It Food Hub works closely with regional farmers who follow sustainable production practices that conserve natural resources and biodiversity. Wholesale is one of Bring It Food Hub’s strongest distribution channels, allowing the hub to sell local food into large institutions, nonprofits, restaurants, and congregations. Memphis Tilth’s Bring It Food Hub program is proud to source local food for Christian Brothers University that represents dozens of farms across our region.
“We’re really excited by this partnership,” says Sean MacInnes, chair of CBU’s Sustainability Committee. “This is a great opportunity for students to learn about our regional community outside of the classroom and to develop a closer relationship with the food they eat and the growers who produce it. Faculty, staff, and students should look for announcements on our sustainability Facebook and Twitter accounts detailing our weekly purchases from Bring It Food Hub. Too, we’ll have signage in the cafeteria indicating which farms the food has come from.”