A roundup of C&U Earth Day promos

Earth Day is here, and events are being held worldwide to promote environmental protection. Here’s what the foodservice departments of several colleges and universities are doing to commemorate the day.

Villanova University’s dining-services department is featuring a sustainable, FarmToFork Dinner in all three of its resident dining halls. The dinner will feature all local foods, responsibly sourced and grown, and delivered to the university.

Although Oklahoma State University is asking students and staff to make every day Earth Day, today they’re celebrating Oklahoma Day at EarthFest 2015. Students can check out the Made in Oklahoma dining options around campus.

Baylor University’s dining services are celebrating Earth Day by donating leftover food to Campus Kitchen for Reuse.

Marquette University is conducting a “caught green-handed” campaign today. Students can check out the foodservice operations’ Twitter handle to find out who’s using their reusable containers. Sodexo is also doing an “I commit” campaign showcasing employees committing to sustainability.

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Anchorage School District in Anchorage, Alaska, is offering free meals to students this week while schools are closed due to the recent earthquake, KTVA reports.

The meals are being served at nine schools throughout the district between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and are available to anyone 18 and under. The district has provided school buses at each location to allow students to eat inside.

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Cafeteria employees throughout northern Ohio are holding an auction to raise funds for their peers in Paradise, Calif., impacted by the wildfires that struck the state earlier this fall , WFMJ reports.

The employees will host an auction this week at Glenwood Junior High School in Boardman, Ohio. Money raised from the event will go to help nutrition staff at schools in Paradise. The items listed in the auction will be donated by local community members.

Read the full story via wfmj.com .

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A cafeteria worker at Smith High School in Greensboro, N.C., has been credited with helping prevent a school shooting , News & Record reports.

Earlier this week, a man entered the cafeteria during lunch through an unlocked door, where he was confronted by a cafeteria employee. The man pulled out a gun, and the employee immediately radioed for help. The man was taken into custody and no one was harmed.

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