Chipotle to Host Fundraiser for SLU Garden
Chipotle on Grand Ave and Forest Park Parkway will host a fundraiser to support the Saint Louis University Department of Nutrition and Dietetics Teaching Garden on Monday, May 5 from 11am to 3pm. Chipotle is donating 50 percent of the proceeds during that time to the SLU Garden.
How to participate:
- Go to Chipotle for lunch between 11am and 3pm on Monday, May 5
- Tell the cashier that you are there to support the SLU Garden. You can also take in the flyer or show them it on a mobile device as well.
- Enjoy an amazing meal knowing you're helping others.
The SLU Garden has been fulfilling its mission to improve access to healthy, local foods by providing nutrition and gardening education to the St. Louis community since its establishment in 2002. The garden serves as a positive learning environment for SLU students and St. Louis community members interested in understanding the principles and practices of organic gardening. Participants gain hands-on experience learning how local and sustainable food production leads to improved food security while setting higher standards of individual health. These lessons inspire participants to incorporate sustainable practices into their personal and professional lives, furthering the garden's commitment to healthy and vibrant communities that support local agriculture.
Over the last 10 years, the garden has been a focal point for a number of programs and initiatives at SLU including the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics' Fresh Gatherings Cafe, Culinary Arts, the Food Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program and Culinary Camp. Programs outside the Department of Nutrition have also benefitted, including the Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology; the Department of Biology; the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy; the Program in Physical Therapy and the College for Public Health & Social Justice.
The garden's influence also extends beyond the academic community to the greater St. Louis community, including:
- In fall 2014, the SLU Orchard will begin to provide urban fruit for community members.
- City Garden Montessori School Farm-to-Lunch Program has maintained a 55 percent locally-sourced lunch program, which includes the SLU Garden.
- Start to Actively Recycle Today I, II and III is a nationally recognized program that turns solid food waste from Fresh Gatherings Cafe and the Salus Center into compost for the garden.
- The Department provides nutrition and culinary education and school gardens to increase the use of local, sustainably grown food for students through the Healthy Eating Local Produce program at Maplewood Richmond Heights and St. Louis Public Schools.
- The Gardens-to-Tables United States Department of Agriculture grant, now part of the Nutrition and Dietetics curriculum established school gardens and curriculums at Sigel Elementary, Stevens Middle School, Dunbar Elementary and Marian Middle School.
The fundraiser will help cover expenses for the garden which include seeds, seedlings, organic fertilizer, compost, organic soap sprays, chicken and fish feed and supplies, garden tools, gloves, soil, upkeep and fuel costs for the garden machinery.
For more information or to learn how to further support the garden, contact Kristen Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org.