Reasons for doing this Project:
- Food Awareness about the food options our campus offers and also the health food options they can get off campus
- We would like to point out healthy food spots to UCR students so students may start to invest in more sustainable and healthy food.
- To make healthy food accesible
- To make healthy food options a priority that may reflect upon student needs that the University may address
- In contrast to that, if there aren’t many healthy spots, we want to find out why that is? What can we do about that?
- Are healthy food options something student want to see on campus? If not, why?
- How can healthy food options connect students?
- How do we redefine what healthy is to make it less elitist ?
- For our diverse student population, why is it that some cultures are underrepresented when it comes to food variety on campus?
- Why is it that there aren’t as many healthy spots as other UC campus’ ?
- Why don’t we have a Farmers Market on campus?
UGS 2012 Seminar Research Results:
- Fast- food is concentrated along 91 freeway on Magnolia Blvd. in the Arlington neighborhood, on Van Buren/Arlington Blvd. in the Arlanza community (near Riverside airport), in Magnolia Center (near Riverside plaza), and all along University Ave.
- Although there are 5 farmers’ markets in Riverside, getting to them requires knowing the time, location, and transportation which is only provided on website and billboards in English, and 25% of residents speak another language at home making it difficult to advertise to non-English speakers (Social, Census 2010). One must also have a flexible schedule, but 75% of employed work for private companies on payroll
- 10:1 ratio of fast food locations to fresh food markets on University Avenue from UC Riverside throughout the Eastside neighborhood.