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Second Annual Boise State Food Symposium April 23

The second annual Boise State University Food Symposium is an opportunity for students, faculty and community members to voice their ideas and concerns about the food culture on campus. Through collaboration, this event identifies our current situation and brainstorms how to make Boise State the healthiest learning environment in the country.

It is scheduled to take place 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, April 23, in the Imagination Lab in the Skaggs Hall of Learning (Micron Business and Economics Building). This event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided.

Following the 2017 food symposium, we have accomplished the following in our top priority areas of food insecurity, sustainability and food skills:

  • Food Pantry: Through partnership between Dean of Students, ASBSU and BroncoFit, the first on-campus food pantry opened in January 2018, giving students access to nutritious meal kits and snacks.  
  • Cooking Classes: Boise State now offers a one-credit BroncoFit Cooking Essentials course. It launched spring 2018 with max enrollment. This new class was made possible thanks to the Children’s Center for sharing their kitchen.
  • Campus Garden: The symposium created a multidisciplinary team united to strengthen our campus garden program, along with a proposal to improve our current sustainability club garden and add a centrally-located garden that will teach gardening skills, compost food waste and support the food pantry.

This year’s food symposium theme is “You Are What You Eat: Is What and How We Consume Reflective of Our Campus?” with a focus on the following topics:

  • The Social Dynamics of Eating
  • Food Waste & Sustainable Behaviors
  • What’re we Eating and Where did it Come From
  • Combating Food Scarcity
  • Purchasing and Preparing Food
  • Grab and Go Meals, Fast Food, Meal Plans