Healthy Stakeholder Quarterly Meeting / September 14, 2017

Today I attend the Healthy Stakeholder of Des Moines meeting, a quarterly gathering of local food and community invested individuals. The meeting was held at Waukee Area Christian Services, and first-year Morgan Smith attended with me. I spoke to the group about Next Course’s recent statistics and described the Little Free Pantries project. Below are…

Central Iowa Shelter & Services Reflection / April 23, 2017

On Sunday, April 16, three Next Course volunteers toured Central Iowa Shelter and Services, one of Next Course’s partner recipient sites. We were met and led by Volunteer and Donations Coordinator Jorie Hidri, a graduate of Simpson College with degrees in Religion and Sociology. I mention her area of study because I believe her sociology…

Feed Greater Des Moines Conference Reflection / March 6, 2017

On May 4, 2017, I attended the Feed Greater Des Moines Conference at Grace Lutheran Church, alongside sophomore Student Learning Ambassador, Claire Hueg. The first keynote speaker of the conference, Dr. Simon Geletta of Des Moines University, presented a background on the issue of hunger. Dr. Geletta conceptualized hunger – the physical experience of craving…

IMPACT Conference Reflection / February 20, 2017

I approached the IMPACT Conference with the intention of expanding my perspective on service-learning, and quickly realized that social justice was at the essence of the gathering. What I once considered two different sectors, I now realize that social justice is inherently connected to service and service-learning. Questions I had not before considered but now…

Food News Roundup

We’re back with weekly Food News Roundups! Check out the awesome articles below about the latest news in the food world: Obesity is a growing epidemic in Brazil, partly thanks to the actions of corporations like Nestlé, PepsiCo, and General Mills. Read this article by the New York Times to learn more. Floridians got creative…

Next Course Position

NextCourse Assistant Coordinator SLA Position – Job Description Position Description: Drake University’s Office of Community Engaged Learning is looking to hire a student Service Learning Ambassador for Spring 2017 to support the Food Recovery program at Drake and enhance learning opportunities about food waste and food security across campus and in the community. This position…

Food News Roundup

We’re back with another roundup of food news from this past week. Check out these great articles to see what people are talking about all around the food system: This study used Instagram geotagging to compare what meals users shared in areas that are known food deserts compared to more affluent areas. Read about what…

Food News Roundup

Here’s a roundup of some great food-related articles from the past week: A new market in Denmark has opened that sells produce past its expiration date at discounted prices. Read all about it here http://nydn.us/1oKFioU and here http://bit.ly/1THl9fD National Geographic published a great comprehensive article on food and food waste. Get informed here http://on.natgeo.com/1TeuQSA A downtown Des Moines…

The Third Course / Advocacy: Part Two

“Yet food is something that is taken for granted by most world leaders despite the fact that more than half of the population of the world is hungry.” – Norman Borlaug Is ending hunger a political priority in our country? Have you heard any presidential candidates mention that they will focus on reducing food waste…

The Third Course / Advocacy: Part One

“Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead This frequently cited quote is one of the best sources of inspiration when diving into an advocacy campaign. Some find citizen lobbying and the political process to…

The Second Course / Food Waste & Composting: Part Two

Solutions to End Food Waste Reducing food waste is a large task to tackle. It occurs at all levels, all the way from the farm to the table, so in order to reduce it we have to look at the big picture. The Environmental Protection Agency has developed a Food Recovery Hierarchy that is useful…