OCSE, Sodexo partner to reduce food waste

first_imgSaint Mary’s Office for Civic and Social Engagement (OCSE) and Sodexo, the Noble Family Dining Hall food services supplier, have formed a food recovery partnership to benefit the Center for the Homeless (CFH). The program provides food that the dining hall did not use to the CFH and eliminates the amount of food uneaten in the dining hall each week.Last year, senior Eleanor Jones, helped to initiate the Food Recovery Program at Saint Mary’s as a volunteer opportunity through Circle K. Now, Jones is one of the three student workers for the program. Director of OCSE Erika Buhring said turning volunteer efforts into paid positions for students solidifies this program will continue year after year in a strong manner.“Though volunteers are wonderful, it was a lot for one person to handle. Having three student [workers] will certainly assist in the work distribution,” Buhring said.“In addition, these students will be able to use cars from the college to transport the food.”Buhring said student workers will go to the dining hall to load up the food that Sodexo packaged and weighed for them, twice a week.The food is then taken and delivered to the CFH and distributed to the guests in need of assistance. The program is all about working together to provide food resources to those who need it in our local community, she said. Buhring said Barry Bowles, director of food services, was especially helpful in having Sodexo get food ready to transport to the CFH. “He made sure the company would be able to contribute the food, weigh it and package it properly,” she said. CFH volunteer coordinator and ’15 alumna Christin Kloski and her supervisor Peter Lombardo also helped to make arrangements for food delivery.Buhring said she has  worked with Bowles, Sodexo, Kloski and Lombardo before on other projects and it was a pleasure to work with them again on the Food Recovery Program.Buhring said one in six individuals is food insecure in this country, so this program attempts to combat those numbers.“I would like others at Saint Mary’s to know that their fellow Belles, local offices, agencies and organizations are working together to help to make a real difference in their community,” Buhring said.Jones said she and the two other student workers, junior Jade Johnson and first-year Sidnee Silveira, pick up the food from the dining hall and record the weight to keep track of the impact of the program.“The food is packaged for us to take, we weigh the amount, and I put the amount of food that we saved into the National Food Recovery Data-Base,” she said.“At the end of each semester, Food Recovery tells us the amount we saved and the amount the whole national program saved. The current national goal is 1.2 million pounds by May 2016. Currently, the total is 872,519 pounds of food recovered since 2011,” Jones said. “Since I have worked on this project since the beginning, I hold Food Recovery very close to my heart.“The reason I decided to collaborate with OCSE is because I knew the program was bigger than myself and that this was the most guaranteed way to make it sustainable.”Jones said she would like to see the program expand to an everyday recovery and for the program to find other ways to manage and conserve food waste. Tags: Center for the Homeless, food recovery program, OCSElast_img read more

The First Croatian Museum of Viticulture and Enology opens

first_imgAs part of the winery, the House of Wine Tradition was opened three years ago with valuable exhibits and a tasting room, while from the end of July visitors will have the opportunity to see a replica of an indigenous Dalmatian house decorated in the attic of the new museum.  In Putnikovići, at the traditional feast of St. Anne, a toast will be made to the opening of a new Pelješac attraction dedicated to vineyards, wine and Dalmatian lard. PZ Putniković is one of the largest and most successful wineries on Pelješac, which annually fills from 800 thousand to one million bottles of wine. They are dominated by those from Plavac mali, the variety that gives the best results on Pelješac.  The traditional festival on the occasion of the feast of St. Anne, July 26 in Putnikovići on Pelješac, gathers hundreds of lovers of top wines and Dalmatian atmosphere every year. But this year they have another reason to celebrate. Namely, on the feast of St. Ana, the “First Croatian Museum of Viticulture and Enology” is officially opened, which also includes the House of Wine Tradition. This small picturesque Peljesac place also hides one of the rarely preserved baroque churches in its original form, the church of Sv. Ana, which according to legend was built by winegrowers to protect their vine from misfortune. The wine “Sveta Ana”, PZ Putnikovića, which goes well with fish and Ston oysters, was named after this church.  “We are extremely proud to have completed this demanding project on two floors, with a total area of ​​800 square meters, where exhibits from our long viticultural and wine history are exhibited. The Feast of St. Anne is an excellent opportunity for this unique museum to be visited by locals and guests and to enjoy our wines, among which, in addition to the praised blues, is the maraschino named after our patron”, Says Jozo Rabušić, director of PZ Putniković, which gathers more than 140 winemakers from Putniković, Žuljana and Ponikava.  Photo: PZ Putnikovićlast_img read more

Dele Alli urges Tottenham to move on from Anderlecht loss

first_img The England midfielder came off the bench in Thursday night’s clash with Anderlecht but could not help prevent Spurs slipping to a 2-1 loss that leaves Group J wide open at the midway stage. Despite their indifferent form in Europe, Tottenham have not lost in the Premier League since an opening-day defeat to Manchester United and Alli is ready to maintain that run at the Vitality Stadium. “The boys are disappointed from the defeat to Anderlecht but I think it’s important that we pick ourselves up and move on,” he told the club’s official website. We’ll keep working hard in training, take the positives from that game and work on the negatives. There are no easy games in the Premier League but hopefully we can get the three points on Sunday.” Alli will be competing with the likes of Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier and Ryan Mason for a place in Mauricio Pochettino’s midfield. And although the former MK Dons man is expecting a challenge, he has backed Spurs to do the business on the south coast. “I’m really excited and I can’t wait to get out there for the game,” Alli said. “It’s not going to be easy. Bournemouth are a great team, they’ve got a lot of strengths but so have we, so hopefully we’re going to go there, play our own game and try to get the three points. “We’re going to their patch, they’re not going to make it easy for us and we know we’re going to have to fight for the win, but I think we’ve got a great team so we’ll work as hard as we can.” Like Alli, Harry Kane came off the bench in Brussels having only been deemed fit enough to be a substitute after sustaining a knock in the draw with Liverpool. But the England forward is also likely to come back into the side having once again been backed by Pochettino despite only scoring one club goal this campaign. Dele Alli is hoping Tottenham can bounce back from their Europa League disappointment with victory at Bournemouth on Sunday.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more