By Chris Siracusa, Sustainability Resource Center
Did you know that on the third Tuesday of every month you can get free organic soup made with fresh veggies, as well as learn about local and national food issues?
It’s all thanks to the Social Soup Lecture Series. Branded as “a monthly reflection on the social, economic & environmental issues surrounding food,” Social Soup brings people from all over campus and the community together to increase awareness, build knowledge, and create conversations.
This academic year’s first Social Soup, titles “Behind the Kitchen Door,” takes place tomorrow, Sept. 30, in the Okazaki Community Meeting Room (155) in the College of Social Work. Presenter Saru Jayaraman will discuss some of the many social justice issues facing the restaurant industry and outline some of the possible solutions to these issues. Jayaraman is the co-founder and co-director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and director of the Food Labor Research Center at the University of California-Berkeley.
The idea for the Social Soup was brought to the Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund, the University of Utah’s green grant program, in 2010 by a group of students, staff, and faculty. The event was eventually brought to life in 2011 by Katie Hunt, a Communications PhD candidate, in coordination with a number of campus departments and offices, as well as community organizations such as Utahns Against Hunger.
“Social Soup is a truly interdisciplinary and community-based initiative that brings together faculty from the College of Social Work, Communication, Environmental & Sustainability Studies, staff from the Sustainability Resource Center and University Dining Services, and members of community organizations like Utahns Against Hunger,” says Hunt. Hunt is also excited that the soup served at the lecture series is made from vegetables grown by Real Food Rising, a youth farming initiative on the west side of Salt Lake City.
Don’t miss tomorrow’s Social Soup talk. Come and experience a great lecture, eat some fantastic local food, and network with people from across the community.
Visit Utahns Against Hunger for more information about the Social Soup Lecture Series and upcoming speakers.
Chris Siracusa is a senior in Environmental & Sustainability Studies. He is an intern with the Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund.