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WHITTIER, CA (SEPTEMBER 29, 2006) – The campus will participate in the second Eat Local Challenge Tuesday, Oct. 3, an event that encourages students, faculty and staff to consume foods produced within 150 miles of the college. Lunch, from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. will feature locally grown and produced food.  

The event will raise awareness of the positive environmental and economic impact of buying food locally and the challenges faced when food travels thousands of miles to its destination. Increased plane, ship and truck traffic, the main vehicles for transporting products, often contributes to air pollution. The reliance on traditional fuels also place demands on non-renewable fuel sources. And it is widely believed that food consumed close to where it was sourced is fresher and tastes better. 

The event is sponsored by Palo Alto-based Bon Appetit, a food service management company that operates cafes and does catering nationally for more than 100 colleges and businesses including Reed College, Cisco Systems, the Getty Center and the Seattle Art Museum. As the manager of Whittier College’s meal hubs, Campus Inn and The Spot, Bon Appetit regularly incorporates locally sourced ingredients like eggs, dairy, fruits and vegetables in its recipes.  

Produce will be from the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market, whose farmers bring fresh picked produced twice a week. Produce from Earth Works Enterprises, a program that promotes organic farming practices to at-risk youth, will also supply produce. Milk will come from the Norwalk Dairy. 

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 Founded by Quakers in 1887, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering a traditional liberal arts program integrated with both professional and pre-professional courses of study. With an emphasis on diversity, community, and curricular innovation, the College’s primary mission is to endow students with the education, skills, and values appropriate for global leadership and service.  

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