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Students helping students

Written by Bob Batz Jr. on


The recipe above is one of several for helping young people eat better.

It's from the Food Revolution Club Pittsburgh, an effort to help high school students make better food choices, spearheaded by Environmental Charter School and Bar Marco in the Strip District.  Inspired by Jamie Oliver's visit to Pittsburgh this past fall, the local Food Revolutionaries have been doing cooking classes at Barack Obama High School in East Liberty and now are doing a breakfast program at Brashear High School in Beechview. They want it to continue to grow.

Now a class of older students -- MBA students at the University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz School of Business -- are working to support the effort with a social media campaign meant to raise not just awareness about the local Food Revolution but also money for it.

Via its Facebook page, which launched April 8, one team is inviting people to contribute to the effort, and hopes to raise $5,000 for it over 10 days. As of this morning, people had pledged $30, via the crowd-funding site FundRazR.

The college students created a You Tube video that they're working to have posted on local food blogs and other sites. The Forks heard about it from one of the students, Andrew Druckenbrod, who also is the Post-Gazette's classical music critic. The other students on that team in Andrew Stephen’s marketing and social media strategy class are Josh Baker, Partha Ghosh, Katie Kirkpatrick, Angela Leshinski, Rachel Maceikis and Ariann Polasky. 

Other teams in the class also are doing Food Revolution campaigns, including one involving a character named Banana Revere. We'll look forward to seeing what they all come up with.

The class will be over by the time Food Revolution Day is marked in Pittsburgh and elsewhere around the country on May 17.

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