We have a responsibility to give back to our community Saturday, May 30 2020 

By Catherine Brown– 

As members of U of L, we have a responsibility to be involved with our local community and giving back during this time of need is essential. While Kentucky slowly reopens, some local businesses still can not, so students should take action to support them.

Students are encouraged to donate food, money and time to local Coronavirus Relief charities and other local food banks and shelters. Students outside of Louisville can search for their local Coronavirus Relief Food Banks online and make a contribution.

According to Feeding America, a national charity network with over 60,000 charity programs, food banks will accept dry and canned goods, or any food that is non-perishable. 

Within U of L, students and staff have access to the Cardinal Cupboard. The Cardinal Cupboard is a student run food pantry open to all who need it. Donations come from the U of L community. 

If students are interested in providing food, non-perishable goods are preferred at this time to ensure that products can be sanitized according to CDC health guidelines,” said Operations Leader Lauren Reuss.

For students with a few spare dollars to donate, they may contribute to the pantry by way of donating money. Those wishing to donate food but can’t visit campus may send the order over Amazon and ship it to the pantry’s address in the Student Activities Center, room W314, as noted on the Cardinal Cupboard’s U of L webpage.

Writer Ashlie Stevens, who founded “Keep Louisville Restaurants Strong” website, suggests purchasing gift cards from local restaurants to support their business. 

Buy a gift card to use at a later date. This puts cash in your favorite restaurant’s pocket, allowing them to weather the uncertainty of the upcoming weeks and months,” Stevens said. If you buy from our small businesses, you can support Louisville’s economy and keep our city’s food tourism on top.

Can’t donate food or money? There are still ways to give back. You can help by spreading the word of a charity or resource on social media. Or by setting up a fundraising campaign to raise money for businesses or shelters in the community. Maybe even volunteer your time at your local food drive. 

With businesses slowly reopening, Louisville needs support now more than ever. By donating money, food and time you can make an impact on our community.

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Health Science Campus experiences sustainability week for first time Friday, Nov 1 2019 

By Byron Hoskinson —

The University of Louisville’s 12th annual Sustainability Week featured over 30 sustainability-related events across the Belknap and Health Science Campuses.  

The week is held each October to raise awareness for environmental issues, promote student engagement in eco-friendly initiatives and showcase career opportunities in sustainability.  The eight-day, multi-location production was the collaborative effort of the university’s Student Government Association, Sustainability Council, Office of the Provost, Dining Services, several RSOs and local nonprofit organizations.   

 It started in 2008 as a single day event, but sustainability week has expanded over the years as the university has made sustainability a central part of its long-term plans, assistant to the provost for sustainability Justin Mog said.  

For the first time, Sustainability Week events spread beyond the Belknap campus to the Health Science Center.  The HSC events were spearheaded by the recently formed HSC Green Team, a group designed to address sustainability concerns related to the health field, Mog said. The events included a series of documentaries, free bike tune-ups and a professional development workshop presented by Mog called “Business as Usual is Killing Us: It’s Time for Institutional Weirding in the Age of Global Climate Weirding.” 

The week included plenty of food for students, kicking off at the Red Barn with the Farm-To-Table Dinner, hosted by the university’s dining services and featuring a five-course meal created with locally-sourced ingredients. It concluded with a “Lunch and Learn” workshop, hosted by the Sustainability Council’s EcoReps program and featuring a free vegetarian lunch.  

The Cardinal Cupboard, a project of SGA’s Engage Lead Serve Board, collected over 1,500 pounds of nonperishable goods for students in a two-day collection blitz held across campus, said Sustainability Council communications intern Henny Ransdell.

Additionally, over $600 was raised for U of L’s Green Fund, which goes towards implementing new campus sustainability initiatives, Mog said.  

Throughout the week, numerous nonprofits and environmentally-focused organizations came to campus to raise awareness and promote jobs in sustainability and renewables.  

Mog was similarly optimistic about graduating students’ prospects in sustainability fields.  

“The opportunities for careers in sustainability have been expanding.  Most universities and many corporations and governments now have a sustainability coordinator or director,” he said.  “There’s been a big boom in interest and it’s encouraging to see.”

Sustainability week ended with some of its initiatives carrying over into Homecoming Weekend.  

“For the Homecoming game, fans should see a new ‘zero-waste approach’ implemented to game days,” Mog said.  He said the approach is an attempt to eliminate all non-recyclables from within the stadium itself, including from vendors and fans.  

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Dare to Care looking to improve U of L’s on-campus food pantry Sunday, Sep 29 2019 

By Matthew Keck —

Since the University of Louisville and Dare to Care announced their partnership to improve the Cardinal Cupboard, students can expect a variety of new options.

“The Cardinal Cupboard’s goal is to reduce food waste on campus by allowing students, faculty, and staff to donate unwanted food items and offer it to those in need,” states their website.

The goal of this partnership is to bring healthier options to the pantry. Cardinal Cupboard was opened in January 2019 to address the issue of food security among college students.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life.

As of 2018, the USDA reported that out of 114.9 million homes in America, 88.9 percent were food secure homes; this is an increase from 2017’s report that only 88.2 percent were food secure homes.

Dare to Care will be providing the pantry with frozen proteins, fresh fruits and vegetables and non-perishable items. They will also be offering food safety training for those who volunteer at the pantry.

This partnership expands the offerings at the pantry from hygiene products, non-perishables and the leftovers collected on campus by the Food Recovery Network chapter at U of L.

The Cardinal Cupboard recently moved into a larger and centralized location on the third floor of the SAC. With this move the pantry got a refrigerator to expand their offerings.

Students, faculty and staff are all allowed to use the pantry. They just have to show their Cardinal Card at each visit. There are about 50 student volunteers who help run the pantry daily.

President Neeli Bendapudi helped bring this partnership to fruition when she met with Dare to Care leadership at a community function. Having more than 300 local partners, this is not Dare to Care’s first time reaching out to help the community in Louisville.

The Cardinal Cupboard is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or by appointment. They have a donation bin located outside their room, W303C, for those looking to contribute.

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