The Ram’s Nook, a new concession stand run by University students, faculty and staff, will offer healthy food options at the Smith Center beginning this Saturday by having Mediterranean Deli cater the stand. Game attendees will be able to purchase food at comparable prices to current offerings.
“By the end of the semester, (we want) people to realize we are there and take that first step into trying the options we provide," said first-year Gokul Dass, who joined the project in the beginning because of his interest in sustainability.
Anne Froment, a clinical research assistant in the UNC School of Medicine, created Ram’s Nook because of her work with patients with kidney issues. Part of a kidney patient’s plan to improve their health involves a balanced diet, she said.
Froment volunteered at the Smith Center selling concessions to raise money for her daughter’s band program. She noticed a lack of options for people like her patients who want or need to improve their diet.
She then pitched the idea for Ram’s Nook to Alice Ammerman, a professor at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, and received a grant for the project. Graduate student Jonathan Espitia then joined the project along with two first-year students, Dass and Gillian Totaro.