Northwestern Dining joined forces with hundreds of students to raise money for the American Cancer Society during Northwestern’s annual Relay for Life. The event, which lasted 12 long hours, requires endurance and hopefulness of participants to make it through the night in order to raise awareness for the disease that has affected virtually everyone in one way or another. To aid the students in their efforts, Northwestern Dining helped out in the best way they know how: with food.
After working closely with Relay for Life student organizers, Northwestern Dining donated over 400 lbs. of pasta, enough to feed 1,000 people. NU Dining has continually donated to this cause in previous years, however, this year was different. The NU Dining team supplied not only the food, but also the dishes and equipment necessary to keep the food hot throughout the evening.
Northwestern student, and Relay for Life co-chair Jessie Moravek worked closely with the Northwestern Dining team to make sure the donation went on without a hitch. She explained how fresh food, especially at a large-scale event, helped make the 12-hours manageable and fun.
“Good food is vital to a successful Relay for Life. First of all, since it is a 12-hour event, a hearty meal is necessary to keep participants fueled for the night,” she said. “Overall, by making the event enjoyable, the food keeps our participants coming back year after year. The more people we can serve, the more money we can raise, and the closer we come to finding a cure.”
In addition to the pasta, Midwest Foods, a local produce supplier for Northwestern Dining, donated fruit and muffins for breakfast.
“The salad and fruit were a wonderful healthy addition to the meal, and helped promote the ‘stay well’ aspect of the American Cancer Society,” said Moravek. “Several participants said the abundance of food was the best part of the event.”
To show their appreciation, NU Relay for Life presented Northwestern Dining with an award commending its generous donation.
Article by Maya Voelk, sophomore, Medill School of Journalism and Integrated Marketing.