If you’ve heard of the Eat Local Challenge led by a food advocacy group known as the NOLA Locavores, it's because three 2013 Tulane University graduates have had a hand in spreading the news.
Whitney Stewart, Annie Harding and Taylor Lanton graduated on Saturday (May 18). (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)
Without professional staff members in marketing, public relations and social media, the public-service interns say that spreading the word was up to them.
“The upside to this situation was the amount of experience we received,” says marketing intern Whitney Stewart. “I don’t think we could have gotten this much experience anyplace else.”
Other 2013 graduates involved were Annie Harding, public relations intern, and Taylor Lanton, social media intern. Several current Tulane students also held internships with the organization this spring.
“Social media is becoming such a huge deal for businesses,” says Lanton, who begins work toward a master of public health degree at Tulane this fall. “I’ve learned to market myself and companies online and that’s definitely something I can use in the future.”
As for Harding, the opportunity to encourage people to make healthier food choices falls in line with her aspiration to work in health care in New Orleans.
“I became interested in this organization because it combines public health, food and New Orleans,” says Harding. “Eating local requires less travel for your food so it’s also better for the environment.”
Anyone interested in participating in the challenge will pay a $25 registration fee, which includes a Locavore tote bag, T-shirt and access to several events and discounts around the city. While there are several levels of rules that participants can sign up
for, the basic rule is to only eat foods that are grown, caught or raised within 200 miles of New Orleans for the entire month of June.