Exploring Nutrition is a university-wide project that aims to create a model by which urban universities can, in partnership with local businesses and community organizations, utilize collective resources and expertise to have a positive impact on their neighborhood’s health and nutritional well-being.
LGU students play critical roles in implementing projects associated with Exploring Nutrition, like produce drives and nutrition advocacy initiatives, but also in the long-term development of local coalitions that hope to develop potential and implement public policy that will addressing nutrition and hunger issues in La Salle’s community.
For the last 5 years, the LGU capstone class, in partnership with other organizations at La Salle and in our neighborhood such as the Community Building Team, The Fresh Grocer, local businesses, the 35th Town Watch and Wagner Middle School raised nearly $21,000, over 3,500 pounds of fresh produce a year. This food was purchased and distributed to 15 local organizations that run regular food banks or soup kitchens, ultimately feeding nearly 2,000 people per year in La Salle’s neighborhood. The LGU capstone class planned and coordinated this activity.