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  •  The Politics of Hunger

    The Politics of Hunger
    Wednesday, January 18
    12 p.m.
    Location: Lucas Hall Forbes Conference Room
    Cost: FREE! Please RSVP for an accurate lunch count.

    Please join FAI in welcoming United States Department of Agriculture Regional Director Dennis Stewart for a talk about the relationship between politics and hunger. Stewart will discuss the nine food assistance programs he oversees, including SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), WIC (Women, Infants and Children), and NSLP (National School Lunch Program). He will also address the impact these programs have on people in the community, the number and percentage of beneficiaries of the programs and the effect of current and pending legislation such as the Farm Bill. At the end of the talk, Stewart will discuss opportunities for Santa Clara students and community members to contribute to ending hunger in our communities.

    Santa Clara University student organizations and community groups will be available to discuss opportunities for becoming involved and volunteering in our local community.

    If audience members have any specific questions they would like Dennis Stewart to answer, please email them to

    The event will be held in Lucas Hall, Room 126 (Forbes conference room) beginning at 12:00 p.m. and ending at 1:15 p.m.

    Lunch will be served. Please RSVP on the form below so we can order the correct number of meals.

  •  The Business of Chocolate

    Business of Chocolate

    Thursday, February 16

    Presentation: 5PM
    Tasting: 5:30PM
    Location: Lucas Hall Forbes Conference Room 126
    Cost: FREE!

    Join FAI in welcoming Dandelion Chocolate to Santa Clara University. Todd Masonis and Cameron Ring, founders and core chocolate makers of the company, will give a special talk explaining the “behind the scenes” aspects of the chocolate business, the process of starting a company from the ground up, and advice for future entrepreneurs.  Following the talk, there will be a tasting of Dandelion Chocolate products.

    For more information about Dandelion Chocolate, visit their website.

  •  Food for Thought: Building a Sustainable Food System

    Wednesday, October 26
    Benson California Mission Room

    In conjunction with California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), the Food and Agribusiness Insistute is pleased to present our first Food for Thought speaker panel of the school year.  Topics include the history of the organics movement, the “Dirty Dozen” campaign targeting the top 12 worst pesticides used in agriculture, and different strategies to build and maintain sustainable food systems.

    The speaker panel will be feature:
    Bob Scowcroft- founder of the Organic Farming Research Foundation
    Monica Moore- founder of Pesticide Action Network


  •  Napa Valley Wine Tour and Tasting

    Join Santa Clara Univesity’s Food & Agribusiness Institute for an all day excursion through Napa Valley.  Meet us in front of Lucas Hall at 8:30 AM on Saturday, October 15 to board the bus that will take us up to wine country.  At our first stop, we will tour the Portocork America cork production facility to learn about the business aspects of the cork industry.  We will then enjoy a specially prepared lunch at Robert Mondavi Winery.  After lunch, Winemaker Richard Arnold will lead a tour of the winery and vineyards and conclude with a wine tasting. We will return at approximately 5:30 PM.

    General Admission: $40
    Early Bird Special: $35 (register by Sept. 27)
    *all registration closes on October 3 due to reservation purposes

    If you are interested in attending, please register here to purchase your ticket!

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