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Local-Food Discussion Part of College’s Role in ‘Interfaith Challenge’


Incorporation of locally grown food into one’s diet and the resulting environmental benefit will be detailed Monday, Nov. 14, in a public event hosted by Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Student Activities Office.

Guest panelists for a discussion of “Local Food, the World and You” will include C. Hannah Smith, from the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, and Chef Mike Ditchfield, instructor of hospitality management and culinary arts at the college and a longtime PASA member. The free program will begin at 7 p.m. in Penn’s Inn on the second floor of the Bush Campus Center.

The discussion accompanies Penn College’s involvement with the President’s Interfaith Challenge, in which colleges nationwide were challenged by President Obama to take on a community issue in order to develop interfaith understanding and relationships.

As part of that plan, Sara R. Hillis, assistant director of student activities for student services and involvement, and Debo Powell, assistant director of student activities for diversity and cultural life, were invited to the White House in August to develop their understanding of interfaith initiatives.

The focus of Penn College’s participation is education and action regarding the impact of green initiatives on hunger and the world food economy. Other activities planned as part of the campaign include a Martin Luther King Interfaith Day of Service on Jan. 14 and an Alternative Spring Break trip to the Heifer International Ranch in Perryville, Ark.

For more information about the Student Activities Office, visit online or call 570-327-4763.

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