Published June 23, 2016

Monmouth College, Community Collaborate on Food Security Website

Monmouth’s PUSH initiative has launched a new community website: PUSHMonmouth.org
Monmouth’s PUSH initiative has launched a new community website: PUSHMonmouth.org.

The website, which represents a collaboration between Monmouth College and the community, is designed to offer a comprehensive listing of local resources and opportunities in our community and region to improve the understanding of local food insecurity issues and to improve access to healthy food.

PUSH – which stands for Presidents United to Solve Hunger – is a campaign to provide university and college presidents and students with the resources they need to help commit their educational institutions to a food- and nutrition-secure region and world. Monmouth President Clarence Wyatt joined 25 other college presidents and senior administrators at the United Nations in December 2014 to sign a pact that will serve as a blueprint for higher education’s role in addressing food security issues.

The new website was created by Monmouth College junior Rachel Masch ’17 though an internship at City Hall, working with Director of Community and Economic Development Paul Schuytema. Masch, working with guidance from the local PUSH committee, began the website in early January 2016.

The local PUSH committee, convened by Wyatt, brings together scholars, students and community members into a group focused primarily addressing local food security issues as a vital component of the larger global effort. The PUSH website will serve as the informational vehicle of the work of the PUSH committee, as well as a clearinghouse of locally focused information, from recipes to information on how to start a backyard garden or how to get involved in local food-related charities and community events.

“This is a great first step for our region,” Schuytema said. “We have real food security issues here in Warren County, and great programs, like the Backpack Program, are already helping to meet the need. This new website will cast a wide net and bring information, tools and opportunities to our community to help us address hunger issues locally. As they say ‘think globally and act locally’ this is a perfect example of that kind of effort.”

Monmouth College history professor Amy Caldwell de Farias has been named the coordinator of the local PUSH web site. Ideas or information for the website should be sent to Amy at adefarias@monmouthcollege.edu.
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