April 9, 2013
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Shopping spree for food bank starts Ag Week

By Tom Campbell

Student shopping spree for Ag events 

Armed with a $100 shopping card, students (left to right) Krey Nicholson, Justin Schroeder, Abby Northrup and Jeremy Russell shop for bargains at West Lafayette’s Walmart store as part of Purdue Ag Week’s Hunger Knows No Bounds initiative. (Purdue Agricultural Communication photo/Tom Campbell)

Grocery shopping isn’t easy.

That’s what 10 foursomes of Purdue students found out Monday (April 8) as part of the kickoff for the second annual Purdue Ag Week.

Each team was given a $100 gift card and sent to a Walmart store with the objective of shopping and planning a meal for a family of four for one week, said Brittany Haltom, executive chairperson of the Purdue Ag Week Task Force.

“For 40 students, this wasn’t an easy task,” said Haltom, a senior majoring in agricultural sales and marketing, and agricultural communication. “Students are used to buying microwavable meals and things like pizzas. We wanted them to think about planning meals, finding bargains and considering the nutritional value of the foods they were buying.”

Elanco provided the gift cards for the “Hunger Knows No Bounds” event. Each team’s groceries were evaluated for their nutritional qualities. All of the food was donated to Food Finders Food Bank of Lafayette, which distributes food through a network of nonprofit organizations in 16 Indiana counties.

The event was just one of many Ag Week activities scheduled throughout the week on campus.

“This is our second year of celebrating Ag Week on Purdue's campus, and we are excited to educate the Purdue community about various agricultural topics,” said Amanda Gee, a member of the Ag Week Task Force.

Each day, College of Agriculture clubs host an event covering various topics of the industry so people on campus can “See What Ag Gives,” a motto for the event.

“The goal of Ag Week is to start conversations on campus about agriculture,” Gee said. “I think one of the biggest problems facing the agriculture industry today is a lack of understanding. This event is meant to show different aspects of agriculture from a student's point of view. We’re students, but some of us are also farmers, agronomists and dairy workers. We don’t claim to be experts. We just share our views and personal agricultural experiences with the rest of the student body.”

Use social media to follow Ag Week:
• on Twitter @PurdueAgWeek – use #SWAG and #FarmsMatter to join the
• on Facebook at Purdue Ag Week
• on Instagram @purdueagweek

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