Despite its silly name, Plumpy’nut is helping end a very serious problem. Ithaca College's Food For Thought is hosting the 10th Annual Walk for Plumpy’Nut on Sunday, October 23rd in Cass Park. Join the fight against world hunger and help make a difference!
1. walk for a great cause!
Walkers from the 2013 walk gather for a group photo
Not only has Food for Thought been hosting this event for 10 years, but this year, 100% of ALL PROCEEDS from the walk go towards providing malnourished children in Ethiopia with Plumpy’Nut, a therapeutic nutrient enriched peanut butter. Each ticket bought nurses 1.3 acutely malnourished children back to health.
2. Exercise outdoors in beautiful, Ithaca
Walkers from the 2015 walk enjoying the sunshine and great weather.
Enjoy the beautiful fall weather while exercising with your fellow IC classmates! Solving world hunger can be as easy as a walk in the park.
3. spend time with your best friends
Spending time with your friends is time well spent!
There is nothing more rewarding than getting together with friends and giving back to a worthy cause. Also for groups of 5 or more, tickets are only $7. Bring your friends and save!
4. Get off campus and have fun!
Use The Walk for Plumpynut to get off campus and enjoy the scenes Ithaca has to offer!
Don’t stay cooped up in the library all weekend cramming for that Econ test! De-stress and come out for the Walk for Plumpy’Nut! Cass Park is a beautiful autumnal gem situated right beside the shores of Cayuga lake.
5. eat Free snacks
Hungry for Change? Snack while you Walk the Talk!
Are you really a college student if you don’t go to an event with free food? Come feed your stomachs and your souls. Converse with fellow food fighters over some bagels, Coffee and fruit!
6. Give your wardrobe that tie-dye flare!
We All Love Tie-Dye!
Who doesn’t love tie-dye? Ignite your creativity and customize your Plumpy’Nut t-shirt at our tie-dye station!
7. Enjoy great performances and Music
Last year Premium Blend Rocked the house
Do you love music? We will be having some amazing beats jockeyed by VIC Radio and a special guest acapella appearance!
8. Win prizes with raffles!
Feeling lucky? This year's 15 Sponcers have given us 15 different prizes from a $20 gift card to a whole basket of goodies!
Enter to win prizes from local Ithaca vendors at our raffle table! We've got prizes from Manndible Café, One World Market, Mighty Yoga, Moose Wood, Agava, Home Green Home, T-shirt Express, Purity, Sunny Day, State Theater, Hangar Theater, Wine & Design, Rasa Spa, The Tamarind Restaurant, and Green Star Grocery. Tickets are $1 for 1, $5 for 7, and $10 for an arm length! Come find us in Campus Center North Foyer the week before the event to buy your tickets now!
9. Support your fellow IC organizations
Last year IC Food For Thought had a bunch of people join us stomp out hunger!
Come say hi to your friends in Food For Thought and compliment them on a job well done! ;)
10. Celebrate 10 years of fighting world hunger!
With 10 years of experience, This year will be the best you've ever seen!
Over the past 10 years we have raised $25,000 to help combat hunger and malnutrition. With your help we can beat our record of $5000. Want to get involved?
Over 100 students and community members joined in solidarity to participate in this year’s 8th annual 5K Walk for Plumpy’nut on Saturday, October 11th in Cass Park. From a generous combination of donor support, registration fees and raffle proceeds, IC Food for Thought raised $1,728 to buy Plumpy’nut, a peanut-based therapeutic nutrition supplement, to aid malnourished children in Ethiopia.
Volunteer Engagement As IC Food for Thought’s largest annual event, the Walk for Plumpy’nut relies on many helping hands. From course leaders to tablers, raffle coordinators to team captains and everyone in between, we are extremely grateful for the volunteers who were a tremendous asset in every phase this year’s walk. The 2014 Walk for Plumpy’nut would not have been possible if it were not for our enthusiastic and selfless volunteers!
Partnership with Concern Worldwide For the past seven years, Food for Thought has partnered with Concern Worldwide to distribute Plumpy’nut through the organization’s feeding centers throughout Ethiopia. To date, IC Food for Thought has been able to feed over 2,000 children through the provision of Plumpy’nut.
During the last week of February, we hosted a canned food drive to benefit the Backpack Program that is run by the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. Children who do not have adequate access to food are forced to sit through class everyday while hungry, which interferes with their learning. The Backpack Program aims to give access to nutritious and easy-to-prepare food to these children, so that they can be successful in their education.
The Backpack Program fills bags with foods such as canned tuna, peanut butter, fruit with pop top lids, and Food for Thought specifically asked for donations of these items during the drive. If students were not able to donate these specific foods, we also gladly accepted monetary donations in place.
Our drive was extremely successful! We received donations of almost 200 cans and boxes of food, and over $50 in monetary donations. As a thank you, all of our donors received a sticker that said “I CAN fight local hunger.”
After we hand all of our donations over to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, these donations will go straight into the backpacks of local schoolchildren. Due to the success of our drive, we plan to continue to host food drives to support local children.
On Wednesday, February 26th Food for Thought joined individuals across the country to celebrate the second International School Meals Day. This day is meant to address issues facing cafeterias and connect to connect schools on one of the most critical issues facing the world today – child nutrition.
We ordered sandwiches and watched "Yuck - A 4th Grader's Short Documentary About School Lunch". This documentary featured fourth grader Zachary Maxwell as he went undercover to show the viewer the discrepancy between the NYC Department of Education (DOE)’s online menu and the reality of the school lunches. He exposes the lack of nutrition in the City's public school lunch program.
After the movie, we talked about our school lunch experience and the contributing factors to the lack of variety in school lunches – budgets, policy, time it takes to provide lunch, etc. We also discussed where the responsibility of school lunch lies, is it with parents or with the department of education?
To wrap up another eventful semester, Food for Thought hosted its third annual Rise Up for Rice Competition in December, in partnership with freerice.com. This year, we raised more than 30,000 grains of rice through a series of online trivia games. Each correct answer earned 10 grains of rice, which will be donated to the United Nations World Food Programme. That means over 3,000 questions were correctly answered by our amazing – and incredibly smart – participants throughout the weeklong competition! The scores were captured via screen shots and shared across our social media platforms to further spread the word and update our virtual leader board. Congrats to our three winners: Nik DeCosta-Klippa, Christina Chironna, and Zach Briggs, who each received a $10 gift card to Starbucks! And a huge thanks to everyone who played for the cause. Stay tuned for more awesome events this spring!
Over 100 students and community members joined in solidarity to participate in this year’s 7th annual 5K Walk for Plumpy’nut on Saturday, September 21st in Cass Park. From a generous combination of donor support, registration fees and raffle proceeds, IC Food for Thought raised $2145.36 to buy Plumpy’nut, a peanut-based therapeutic nutrition supplement, to aid malnourished children in Ethiopia.
Volunteer Engagement As IC Food for Thought’s largest annual event, the Walk for Plumpy’nut relies on many helping hands. From course leaders to tablers, raffle coordinators to team captains and everyone in between, we are extremely grateful for the volunteers who were a tremendous asset in every phase this year’s walk. The 2013 Walk for Plumpy’nut would not have been possible if it were not for our enthusiastic and selfless volunteers!
Partnership with Concern Worldwide For the past six years, Food for Thought has partnered with Concern Worldwide to distribute Plumpy’nut through the organization’s feeding centers throughout Ethiopia. To date, IC Food for Thought has been able to feed over 1,000 children through the provision of Plumpy’nut. This past year, we invited Concern Worldwide to talk and teach us about nutrition issues, feeding centers and the path of our donation money.