Each year, we host a network-wide crowdsourcing fundraiser called Raise the Dough where schools have exactly one week to raise as much money as they can. The schools on top of the leaderboard at the end of the week earn additional cash prizes ranging from $250-$1,000. Last month, we set a new record with our largest Raise the Dough yet raising just under $60,000. Our student volunteers from 34 schools reached out to hundreds of their peers, faculty members and community supporters with impressive results.
The Campus Kitchen at Washington DC took home first place raising a record-breaking $12,158 to support their programming which serves 4,900 meals a month to five community meal sites, two shelters, and twice monthly Grate Patrol program with the Salvation Army. Retaining their title for the fourth year in a row, the Campus Kitchen at Gonzaga College High School, rallied the most individual donors with support from 258 people. The Campus Kitchen at Gettysburg College earned the second place prize raising $6,240 to support their Healthy Options program, an initiative that provides increased ability to purchase healthy, fresh foods to families experiencing food insecurity, yet are not eligible for federal food assistance programs.
New this year, we introduced the Rookie Award, given to the school who raises the most money among the schools who have never participated in Raise the Dough before. The rookie award went to the Campus Kitchen at Georgia College, one of our newest Campus Kitchens! They will put the $2,164 they raised towards hiring a summer intern to help maintain operations while students are gone for the summer.
Not only were prize dollars on the line, but we were also excited to offer $15,000 in matching funds available from Craig Newmark Philanthropies! Grassroots donations $100 and under were matched up to a total of $15,000. Our incredible network went out strong and met the match in just four days!
A giant “thank you” goes out to all 936 donors and to all who shared our challenge with their own networks. Your support makes all the difference in aiding our efforts to alleviate hunger and food waste, which since 2001 has empowered student volunteers to recover more than 7 million pounds of food and serve over 3.3 million meals.