Karolyn Moore joined The Campus Kitchens Project as an intern in May 2018. Karolyn is a junior majoring in Global Studies and minoring in English and Business Administration at the University of Vermont.
I found myself becoming involved with the Campus Kitchen at UVM my first week of school when I had signed up to receive emails from literally every club on campus – but CKUVM is where I truly found my home and community in Burlington.
I decided to attend UVM because of its beautiful location and to join the people of Burlington: crunchy, outdoorsy, and granola-loving people, which is a population that I consider myself a part of. But I also chose UVM to move away from the Northern Virginia area, where I had been living for a while. Raised in a military family, changes in location are not new to me, and I welcome the adventure of a new place and all new people. I have been fortunate to have lived in different countries and meet people from all around the world, which is why when CKUVM offered me the opportunity to get away from the bubble of college kids at my school, I knew I had to try it.
After my first shift cooking brunch for the community members at the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, I was hooked on what we did. I had never been around so many people who wanted to reduce food waste and cook as much as I did. I still remember to this day the vast amount of vegetables that had been donated to us from the Burlington Farmer’s Market, that we were challenged to incorporate in every dish that we cooked that day. Since that first shift, I volunteered almost every Sunday morning during my first year and learned the ropes of what CKUVM aimed to do every week. For those reasons, I applied to be on the Leadership Team for the following year.
My sophomore year I was given the positions of Shift Leader, co-Food Shares Coordinator, and Chair of the Battle of the Campus Chefs, our annual fundraiser. This, combined with other leadership positions I had around campus, was tough to maintain but I always put our Campus Kitchen first, because it was nearest to my heart. It is because of the fundraiser I organized that I met Dan and Noemi, who introduced me to the possibility of interning at the CKP HQ office in Washington, DC.
Next semester, I will be serving as Treasurer of CKUVM, in order to combine my passions of fighting food insecurity with managing our finances, in order to stretch our Campus Kitchens impact as far as it can reach.
Though I have always been interested in working with people and tackling injustice, The Campus Kitchens Project has opened my eyes to the world of food insecurity, and especially non-profits. During my time with Campus Kitchens I would like to help spread knowledge of food insecurity across the country – because though many Americans are experiencing it, fewer know that it can be a problem for our neighbors, peers, and even my fellow college students.
During my internship I’ll be working on projects such as helping plan the 2018 Boot Camp, leading prospective Campus Kitchens through the planning process, and creating profiles for each Campus Kitchen across the country. I am excited to intern for CKP, and see what doors open for my future!