An Update on the Trayless Challenge
On Monday morning, students were greeted outside the Terrace Café by posters informing them of a challenge to go trayless for a week. Beyond the metal gate, the cafeteria was decorated with charts, posters and green ribbon to commence the start of the first Food Waste Awareness week at Andrews University.
The project, undertaken by sisters Isabelle Hwang (sophomore, biology, pre-medicine) and Irene Hwang (senior, biochemistry, pre-dentistry), is a joint effort sponsored by AUSA Senate and the J.N. Andrews Honors Program to raise awareness of just how much food students throw away at the cafeteria, as well as to raise money for those going hungry in Benton Harbor.
Although only day two of the challenge, many students have already committed to going trayless for the week. Carlyle Tagalog (junior, psychology, pre-dentistry), proudly sported his green food waste awareness pin attached to his backpack to signify his commitment.
Tagalog said, “As a psychology major, I believe that it is great to see visual progress like the cup exhibit in the main dining room,” said Tagalog, referring to the pyramid of plastic cups, which on one side of the table shows the amount of cups representing the average of 2650 pounds of food thrown out weekly at the Terrace Café, and on the other side of the table representing the amount of food wasted over the week.
“I noticed as I walked into the café for breakfast that many people had signed the food awareness poster, signifying that they had chosen to participate in the challenge. It was cool to see all the people who are participating and are interested in this cause,” said Jessica Bujor (sophomore, psychology, Spanish).
Miriam Negrea (junior, business administration) also expressed similar sentiments by saying, “It's really great to look around the cafe and see that everyone is doing their part to participate in the awareness week. We forget how privileged we are to have food every day and instead of wasting it, I see that people are conscious of it.”