Alice Waters Receives 2009 California Prize for Service Award

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alice waters 2009 USF common good awardToday, the University of San Francisco announced that chef and sustainable living guru Alice Waters will be receiving the 2009 California Prize for Service and the Common Good.

This is an honorary award given to individuals who provide a significant service to all members of society.  The award includes a handcrafted medal to commemorate the occasion, as well as a $10,000 gift check.

Alice is known for helping to create the "slow food" movement as well as the Chez Panisse Foundation, which then birthed the Edible Schoolyard and School Lunch programs. Her writings are best-sellers, and her influence has gone all the way to the White House, as seen by Michelle Obama's organic victory garden.

USF President Stephen A. Privett said that her faithful efforts to educate children in a nutritious lifestyle shouldn't go unnoticed. "She has worked tirelessly to introduce school children to responsible food production and healthy eating, especially those in under-served communities."

Upon learning of her award, Alice said that she was "incredibly honored," and that she believes it "recognizes the work of the Chez Panisse Foundation and shows that the university supports a school curriculum that gives students the knowledge and values to build a humane and sustainable future."

Alice Waters will be officially recognized at a ceremony held on November 5, 2009, at a special dinner on the USF grounds. All proceeds collected from the dinner will go to benefit the University's service learning projects and other student programs.

Source: PR Newswire

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