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Christian Brothers University Food Committee Hosts Inaugural Food Week

MEMPHIS—During the week of October 24 – 28, members of the Christian Brothers University community will examine a topic that often goes unexplored, but permeates the majority of life: food. “Food Week” aims to connect CBU students with their local food system, raise awareness about the sources of food, and encourage appreciation for those who grow and produce the food we consume. The programs throughout the week are also intended to generate a strong degree of reflection on our eating habits and how they relate to the world. According to Sustainability Committee Chair, Sean MacInnes, this reflection starts with seeing the interconnectedness between consumers and those who grow, distribute, and sell food.

"Our relationships with food are vast; from our tastes, allergies, diets, and cravings, to the gardens in our back yards and the tables in our houses, to our jobs in agriculture and the service industry, and to all of the policies and industry practices regulating its growth, production, and accessibility. And that doesn’t cover the half of it. Food is intertwined in practically every aspect of our lives."

Food Week is also intended to offer a holistic understanding of food from an array of voices both inside and outside the CBU community. Participating organizations on campus include: the Department of Religion and Philosophy, Student Government Association, the Office of Student Life, the Student Sustainability Coalition, Campus Ministry, the Vanderhaar Community Peace Garden, Food Recovery Network, and Aramark. Memphis-based organizations assisting in the programming for the week include: the Memphis Center for Food and Faith, Memphis Tilth Food Policy Program, the Cooper Young Community Farmers Market, and the Overton Park Community Farmers Market. These organizations have planned events ranging from films to plays to lectures, along with the popular “Farmers on the Quad” market. 

One of the primary goals of the week is also to shift focus away from food as merely a consumptive act that happens three times a day, to more of a conduit by which to embody the Lasallian principles of respect for all persons and concern for the poor and social justice. As a city with both a high poverty rate and lack of access to nutritious foods in certain zip codes, these principles have lots of opportunity to gain traction. On a global scale, CBU Food Week also aims to challenge notions of isolation and indifference that sometimes come with our consumeristic approach to products from around the world.

"Food Week encourages us to develop habits of gratitude for the gifts of the food we eat and appreciation for the labor that produces our food,” remarks religion professor and Food Committee Chair, Dr. Emily A. Holmes. “In a time of anti-immigrant sentiment, a play like Vang: A Drama About Immigrant Farmers encourages us to see the dignity and image of God in all people, and to better understand the stories of farmers who have come to the U.S. seeking a better life.”

The events listed below are free and open to the public. For more information about CBU Food Week, please visit the event page or contact Dr. Emily Holmes:

All Week:

Food Drive! Help stock the CBU Food Pantry.


Monday, Oct. 24

Up, Up Farm! Film showing of “The Greenhorns” (2010, 40 mins)

7 - 8:30 p.m., Spain Auditorium 

Tuesday, Oct. 25

Farmers on the Quad CBU Pop-Up Farmers Market

12-2 p.m., Buckman Quad


“Eating a Balanced Diet on a College Campus” with Michael Muchmore, nutritionist 

4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Alfonso Dining Hall

Wednesday, Oct. 26

“Eating for Exercise” with Michael Muchmore, nutritionist 

11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Alfonso Cafeteria Lobby


“Vang: A Drama about Immigrant Farmers”

7 p.m., University Theater, reception with actors to follow

Thursday, Oct. 27

Campus Service Events

CBU Community Peace Garden Work Day

4:00 p.m., Community Garden

Food Recovery Network

7:00-7:30 p.m., Alfonso Cafeteria

Friday, Oct. 28

Harvest Celebration and Pumpkin Carving Event

7:00 - 8:30 p.m., LLC Fire Pit


About the CBU Food Committee

CBU and its partners are committed to a more local, healthy, just, and sustainable food system. The mission of the CBU Food Committee is to evaluate and improve our on-campus food services in order to promote an inclusive and healthy community.

Our 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. We believe that CBU can promote education on campus and in Memphis about the interrelationship between food, agriculture, the environment, and health. To the degree possible, our on-campus food should be sourced and prepared in ways that are local, healthy, just, and sustainable. These values will inform choices in food purchasing, preparation, consumption, and disposal. We aim to be a model for the Memphis community.

Our membership is composed of faculty, staff, and students, including but not limited to representatives from Student Life, the Sustainability Committee, the SGA, the Community Peace Garden, the Food Recovery Network, and the CBU Food Pantry (Campus Ministry).


Posted by Joshua Colfer at 1:17 PM