At the beginning of the semester I assumed this class was about how food affects or day to day life. I thought we food study the sociology of food, psychology of food, food in different cultures, how the government affects food and so much more. Needless to say, but I was way, way off based. We did however, learned some things. Things that I didn’t necessary want to learn, but things I NEEDED to learn.
We learned about what actually can be in food. We watched a documentary, called Food Inc. in class. This movie along with chapters from 2 different books showed us what goes into food and the logic behind the food industry. My blog post Chick Fil EW (http://rampages.us/jorgensenbem/2014/10/23/chick-fil-ew/) discusses what actually is in a Chick-Fil-A sandwich. We also went on a Processed Food Hunt to see that foods that you expect may be health aren’t always health at all (http://rampages.us/jorgensenbem/2014/10/18/processed-food-hunt/)
We leaned how to work with a non-profit organization and others. Each student selected a non profit organization out of three options to work with over the semester. These groups were used to educate the public, and learn about the difficulties that others face, food-wise. One make we did was a picket-graph that visually shows the struggle of something as simple as grocery shopping for people in food deserts (https://magic.piktochart.com/output/3525114-untitled-infographic). I worked with Ram Pantry and that was a crazy experience in itself.
Ram Pantry had issues of its own. It was really hard working with the large group of Ram Pantry because so many people were passive, or just didn’t care. We had a group of three people selected for social media.And even though it took forever to get he Facebook info, the person in charge of Facebook only did anything on Facebook ONCE. And as the semester went on less and less people came to volunteer at the Ram Pantry on the last day of sampling I was the ONLY person doing it. ( You can read more about Ram Pantry sampling here: http://rampages.us/jorgensenbem/category/ram-pantry/).
Lastly, we learned about ourselves. We learned that with a little team work a few college students can start educating the campus. The computers aren’t too hard with a little help. We made friends and networking connections. In all of the issues there were benefits. I’m not talking another service learning class though.