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Students to bring local food to campus

Posted on April 8, 2014 | by Chandler West

courtesy of Oxfam NYU

Several NYU clubs will host the Fair Food Fest, an event to promote organic, local, fair-trade and cruelty-free food.

The event, hosted by Oxfam-NYU and Earth Matters’ The Real Food Challenge, will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Kimmel Center for University Life on April 8.

Clubs participating include Yovel, Against Child Trafficking, the Community Agriculture Club, CHEFs for Schools, Cruelty Free NYU, NYU Meal Swipes, NYU Take Back the Tap and the Ski and Snowboard Club.

Participating clubs will serve everything from pretzels to cupcakes, as well as sandwiches made with ingredients from the Union Square Green Market. All the food will be free for students.

There will also be activities, including a hummus-making workshop with Yovel.

CAS sophomore Lila Carpenter, president of NYU’s Oxfam chapter, said part of the event’s purpose is to educate students about the food they eat.

“Food is something that takes up such a huge part of our lives,” Carpenter said. “So as consumers it’s really important to be knowledgeable and educated about what we are eating, where it came from and its impact on the people who made it and the environment.”

Carpenter said she hopes the fest will have a positive impact on attendees.

“The hope is that if people are conscious of what they are eating and the implications that can have, they will make more sustainable and ethical choices and real change can be made,” Carpenter said.

Steinhardt sophomore Saskia Tingey, the food manager of NYU’s Oxfam chapter, said she is looking forward to share free food while raising awareness.

“I’m really excited to see students coming together to enjoy real, good food,” Tingey said.

Carpenter added that she is glad many clubs are coming together for the event.

“It will be fun to bring together so many different clubs and people to raise awareness about the ethics behind food,” she said.

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, April 8th print edition. Chandler West is dining editor. Email her at


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