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…

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello readers! Happy holidays from Next Course! This week we are taking a short break from our regular postings of the Course Series. At this time I wanted to focus on charity and donations. While there are plenty of good options for volunteering and donating your time or other goods, I wanted to give a…

The Second Course / Food Waste & Composting: Part One

Food waste is an often unseen entity in our world. Our experience with it is often tossing leftovers in the trash, and having them promptly removed by a garbage removal company once a week. Out of sight, out of mind. However, while the average consumer’s experience with food waste is fairly muted, the impact in…

The First Course / Hunger, Food Insecurity, & Poverty: Part Four

This week we’re summarizing The First Course in our series. In the first three parts we learned about how hunger and food insecurity both stem from the same root problem but do not mean the same thing. We also looked at how poverty can create hunger and be borne from it. So how can you…

The First Course / Hunger, Food Insecurity, & Poverty: Part Three

Food insecurity is often an overlooked term when it comes to defining hunger and poverty and how they interact. Hunger is the word most often used as a blanket term to describe any and all aspects of a lack of food and its effects. However, the two are not as interchangeable as you would think….