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Clarke Plans World Food Day Events

October 9, 2013: Clarke University has several activities planned in conjunction with World Food Day - Wednesday, Oct. 16.

• “Dubuque’s Solution to Growing Your Own Food” will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the Atrium Conference Room. Speakers include Rick Mihm, director of the Rescue Mission; Ashley Neises, GreenCorps VISTA; and Brittany Bethel, Iowa State University Extension.

• A Farmers’ Market will take place in the Dining Hall on Wednesday, October 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meal will be made with locally grown products and local vendors will be selling their products. Vendors include Heritage Beef, May’s Tri State Market, East Mill Bake Shop and The Food Store. Bring a reusable bag if you wish to shop.

• A campus food collection is scheduled. The following dry goods will be accepted: rice, pastas, soups, peanut butter and jelly, etc. Donation boxes will be available in the library, on the second floor of the Center for Science Inquiry, and in the Dining Hall. The Campus Store will offer coupons that week for items dropped off at the store. All proceeds go to St. Stephen’s Food Bank.

Established by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1979, World Food Day was first observed in 1981. Organizations around the world mobilize advocacy campaigns and events on October 16 to strengthen the political will to end hunger. World Food Day offers the opportunity to strengthen national and international solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty, and draw attention to achievements in food security and agricultural development.

Clarke University is a Catholic, liberal arts and sciences university dedicated to preparing students who positively impact their workplace, family and community. Academic offerings include more than 40 undergraduate liberal arts and pre-professional programs, a robust adult degree program and six graduate degree programs.  Founded in 1843 by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Clarke is located near the Mississippi River in the thriving city of Dubuque, Iowa. It is the only BVM university in the country. 

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