Ever since I graduated high school, I knew that service was a big part of my life, but I did not realize the entirety of my passion until I was introduced to Campus Kitchens at Shenandoah. I got involved with CKSU because I realized that so many pounds of food were going to waste in our campus dining hall and the effort to recover the leftover food was just beginning.
During my freshman year, I was able to serve as a shift captain on the leadership team and learn more about the Campus Kitchens network, our community partner (C-Cap), and what it took to run a successful organization. For my sophomore year, I had the opportunity to step up and become co-President of CKSU and was able to lead in a different way than before. Now it was me doing the monthly reports, organizing the delivery schedule, running the volunteer recovery shift, and more. Never did I think that I would have been developing my leadership skills in such a way or becoming involved in an organization that combats food hunger and goes beyond the meal.
I have always had a strong passion to be surrounded by people and fight against injustices, but Campus Kitchens has allowed for me to discover the world of food insecurity and hunger right in my own backyard. During my time at CKP, I hope to gain a better understanding of the injustices of the world, and specifically how CKP helps eliminate hunger and poverty, while working to develop relationships and go beyond the meal. I am excited to be part of a team that has a mission to strengthen bodies, empower minds, and build communities.
Kaitlyn Shand joined The Campus Kitchens Project as an intern in May 2019. Kaitlyn is a junior at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va. She is majoring in Biology and minoring in Religion and Psychology. Her goal after graduation is to obtain her Doctorate in Physical Therapy.