'Local Food Dinner' at Bucknell University

Lewisburg, Union County (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Students at Bucknell University were invited to a special dinner tonight. A meal that takes the popular phrase 'farm to table' to a new level and shows how the University is putting money back into the local economy. 

More than $1,000,000 was put back into the community to be exact in just one years time. All by buying local products. 

From Stroudsburg to Turbotville to Bucknell's Dining Hall local apples, pears, lettuce, squash and zucchini are being devoured by hungry students each and everyday. 

"I think it's good to know. My friends call me 'salad girl' cause I like to get a salad and walk around and put stuff on it from other stations," said Janine Westra a Junior at BU from Baltimore. 

What Westra didn't know was the College has a $4,000,000 food budget each year. Of that $1,000,000 in locally grown food was purchased last year. Dumping it right back into the economy. 

"Over the years we've always tried to bring in as much local product as we can and it's just grown," said Jay Breeding the General Manager at the Residents Dining.

From the bakery to the salad bar it's all 'fresh and local.' As of the 2017 fall semester 15 vendors help feed some 3,000 students. 

Twice a year students canc come to the 'local food dinner' to try some different food that the vendors have to over. 

"Fall and in the spring and they have the local vendors that provide ice cream and other products to their University," said Ann Soric the Owner of Blue Ribbon Farm Dairy.

It's an evening to get to know the growers, makers, and talk about local sourcing. Oh yea, and sampling. 

"We got great milk, great produce and it's just a really high quality product," said Breeding. 

Resident Dining, the food provider for the University, hopes to increase their local vendors and activity in the coming years. Right now, it's about a quarter of their budget. 

The next 'local food dinner' will be held during spring semester. 


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