Apr 28, 2009

Weigh Your Waste

by Tiffany Edwards

Spring 2009 marks the second annual Weigh Your Waste promotion, sponsored by LU Dining Services. Last year’s Weigh Your Waste succeeded in drastically reducing the amount of food that is wasted on a day-to-day basis at the Reber-Thomas Dining Hall, while raising awareness of world hunger and Liberty’s impact on the environment.

“People think, ‘Oh, I’m just one person. It doesn’t matter what I do.’ But it does matter. We each make an impact, and as a school of 10,000 students, our impact is tremendous,” Resident Marketing Manager Elizabeth Van Wingerden said.

“Even if you do not consider the impact food waste has on the environment in landfills, waste, chemical usage for cleaning and water waste, think about the psychological implications of believing that we can have as much as we want and just throw away what we do not want.”

According to Van Wingerden, this year’s Weigh Your Waste finale will be held on April 28 at 5 p.m. at the Reber-Thomas Dining Hall, with music group Tim Be Told performing. The Main Dish service booth will serve a meal consisting of only a piece of bread and one cup of rice, to give students an idea of what the majority of the world has to survive on each day.

“It’s not to guilt anyone, because we know that God has blessed us with abundance, but to offer some perspective. Obviously, we don’t expect that that’s all the students will eat; all our other dining hall stations will be operating as normal. We just want students to experience in some small way why these issues are important and why we’re doing the Weigh Your Waste promotion,” Van Wingerden said.

Last year’s Weigh Your Waste promotion resulted in the removal of dining trays from the dining hall, which the dining staff states is directly related to the reduction of food wastes.


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