Food for Thought Café, at Portland State University, celebrated its 10th Anniversary last Friday! At the same time, students at the University of Washington gathered for a Humble Feast.
Food for Thought Café opened its doors in 2002 for a seemingly simple reason: students wanted more dining options. The discovery of an unused kitchen space in the basement of the student union provided a means. They chose to model themselves as a collective, and soon the smells of vegan and vegetarian meals wafted through the basement.
Today the members of Food for Thought continue the founders' legacy. They still sweat through collective meetings and pour love into their vegan and vegetarian meals. It's not been an easy 10 years. Aramark and PSU both seem committed to challenging Food for Thought's legitimacy and growth. But in the face of every challenge the members of Food for Thought have stood by their community. Every day they feed hundreds of hungry students with inexpensive healthy food, enriching the lives of PSU students and those lucky people who get to work with Food for Thought. Congratulations friends, here's to the next 10 years!
(Image from Food for Thought's Facebook page, like them!)
Up the coast, another group of students gathered for another sort of celebration. The University of Washington's Student Food Cooperative hosted a Humble Feast last Friday. What is a Humble Feast you ask? A Humble Feast is an "all-you-care-to-eat" local and seasonal dinner seeking to inspire and educate students about how to buy and cook local food on a budget. Co-hosted by the UWSFC, Ann Anagnost of the Anthropology Department and Devra Gartenstein, owner at Patty Pan Grill, the event was a great success. Anna Isaacs, CoFED's Northwest Regional Organizer was in attendance and reported back that the event was both fun and inspiregized!
(Check out the Facebook event!)