Food is at the center of our social lives; it serves as a vehicle to transmit traditions and the histories of our communities and families. In fact, the larger history of our species including its technological, scientific, social advancements and our relation to the rest of the natural world are all reflected in the foods we consume. Eating food with our communities remains one of the greatest joys of human life, a source of pleasure worth protecting. But input-heavy agricultural production methods and climate change-related weather conditions are putting food production at risk; in addition, currently half of the world’s population struggles with either hunger or obesity.

Our CWRU community, its various offices, departments, students, food service, and the University Farm, engage in cutting-edge research and thoughtful activism to promote mindful eating practices, healthy communities, and environmentally conscious agricultural systems. We believe that in order to produce nutritious food for everyone and for future generations, critical engagement with the cultural, political, economic, and environmental aspects of the food system is more important than ever. Come and join us in our efforts to increase food literacy and promote a sustainable global food system.

Food Market and Activities Fair
Meet CWRU’s hunger and food-related student groups, University Farm representatives, and local farmers; browse our display of fresh herbs and microgreens (some will be available for purchase too), and enjoy some finger foods that showcase our theme on water and feature resource-friendly cooking options.
Date:  Friday, April 26, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Location: Tinkham Veale University Food Court

Food Week Keynote Speech: The Health of Our Lake: Lake Erie Ecology and Fish Consumption
Speaker: Tory Gabriel, Extension Specialist, Program Manager, Ohio Sea
Grant College Program
Date: Friday, April 26, 12:30AM-2:00PM
Lunch will be served starting at 12:00.
Location: Tinkham Veale University Center Senior Classroom
Register to attend:

Food, Water, and Community Reception
Meet CWRU faculty, staff, and students and our community members interested in global food system studies.
Hear the conclusions of the gatherings and retreat organized as part of the
Food Institute Seed Sprint.
Date: Friday, April 26, 3:00PM-5:00PM
Location: Michelson and Morley, Tinkham Veale University Center
                                                                                            Seating is limited. Please register in advance here:

Contact Information

For questions and inquiries, please contact Dr. Nárcisz Fejes,