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NEIU’s Food Diversity Festival: A Celebration of Diversity and Flavor

NEIU’s diverse range of student clubs held a bi-annual fundraiser titled Diversity Food Fest by selling their equally diverse range of delicacies on March 7, 2024. The participating organizations range from the university’s sororities to cultural clubs like PIN@Y club.

The event is hosted at Alumni Hall. It was managed by Student Leadership Development (SLD). Several SLD staff helped the student clubs set up their tables and managed the ticketing and fund collection held outside the venue. The layout was an empty center with few tables for patrons to eat their purchased food. The end of the room is where the tables to purchase food were located. There was a DJ table, set up by NEIU’s Student Media Board, that played low-fi music, with additional spotlights set up to decorate the music corner.

The food consisted of different national dishes, as an example, Latin delicacies like empanadas, pupusas and gallo pinto. One of the student clubs on campus, the Pride Alliance offered chicken nuggets and other fried local treats along with a cake. The International Club, true to its name, offered food ranging from egg noodles from Japan to crepes from France.

Most of the food was priced between $2 to $4, with some items like PIN@Y Club’s Ramen packs costing only $1. The money generated from this event will be used to fund the participating student organizations, which will be held in an account separate from the annual $100 budget, allowing these student organizations to plan and fund more events. Overall, the event was a success for most of the participating clubs.

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