Students from the two Texas campus kitchens gathered in Houston this in the first weekend of February to share ideas, vision and best practices on how they fight hunger in their respective communities. Students from Baylor University traveled from Waco to be hosted by the gracious University of Houston Bonner Scholar Campus Kitchen team and their advisors.
The day included a tour of the Chartwell’s dining hall kitchen which, open to the public and serving 9000 meals a day, has the distinction of being one of the largest functioning restaurants in the country.
The Baylor team presented on their operations, their garden, and the unique “Farm to Table Dinner and Benefit Concert” fundraiser they hold every year. The UH team shared their new pantry initiative in partnership with the Houston Food Bank, New Hope Housing and Riverside Methodist Church. The pantry will soon be up and running and will, like the Reed Market program they currently help operate, provide hunger relief to a larger group of individuals in Houston’s 3rd ward.
Ideas were flowing in the afternoon as the group engaged in a design thinking matrix to inspire organized creativity. As the day ended, the hunger fighters of the Campus Kitchen at Baylor and the Campus Kitchen at the University of Houston seemed renewed in their mission and enthusiasm. Here’s hoping 2019 will mean new inroads into the community, reducing waste and food insecurity in Texas for years to come.