The Campus Kitchen at Auburn University (CKAU), one of the largest and busiest Campus Kitchens in the network, hosted one of the two southeast regional popup events on April 5th and 6th. In attendance with CKAU were the Campus Kitchens from Georgia College & State University (CKGCSU), Lee University (CKLEE), and Troy University (CKTROY). The popup was kicked off on the evening of April 5th with a fun and easygoing networking opportunity. On the morning of the 6th, the group met in Auburn University’s famous Tiger Dining Hall for a generously donated breakfast from Golden Corral, one of CKAU’s largest food donors. After breakfast was over, each Campus Kitchen showcased their operations which highlighted unique differences and sparked new ideas for everyone to take back to their respective schools.
The keynote address was focused on child nutrition and hunger and was given by renowned author and journalist and former foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, Roger Thurow. Mr. Thurow described malnutrition and stunting in children as “a life sentence of underachievement”. The group was also able to hear from faculty and staff members from Auburn University who led discussions on meaningful relationships, nutrition and dietetics, community engagement, and garden education. The pop-up wrapped up with a group brainstorming session that allowed for individuals to set specific goals for their Campus Kitchen.
As a former student leader for CKGCSU, I am so thankful to the CKP network for all of the knowledge, inspiration, and friendships I have made over the last three years. I am always amazed at how useful these events are, and now as the staff advisor for CKGCSU, I am so excited to bring along new students and introduce them to this network of great people who all share the common goal to fight food insecurity.