This Thanksgiving, we are feeling especially grateful to be part of a movement– a growing network of hunger fighters, who not only care about bringing healthy meals to our neighbors who need them the most, but about building a more sustainable food system that values the food we produce and does not waste our precious resources.
Today, we reached a milestone: together, we have served over 3 million healthy, balanced meals. Together, we have ensured that hard-working families don’t need to worry about where their next meal will come from. That low-income seniors don’t need to choose between paying their heating bill and buying groceries. That children can focus on learning and not on an empty stomach.
And right now, at a time of year associated with eating a meal with family, Campus Kitchens are making sure that no one is left behind. In our “TurkeyPalooza” celebration, Campus Kitchens went above and beyond to provide a special meal for their clients, to make sure that Thanksgiving is a time when they know how much our students appreciate them.
Whether it’s the Campus Kitchen at Kent State University making 250 homemade pies to add to their 1,500+ meals, or the Campus Kitchen at UMass Boston enlisting the help of student athletes and academic departments across their campus to make an extra 250 take-home grocery bags, or the Campus Kitchen at Elon University partnering with their dining service to double their meal production from 800 to over 1600 meals, Campus Kitchens are always looking for ways to do more for their communities.
As we celebrate these achievements, large and small, we know that we still have an uphill journey ahead of us, and a commitment to fight hunger not only with meals, but also with effective programs that will break the cycle of hunger and poverty for good. But we can feel hope in knowing that we have paved a new way forward, and the road keeps getting wider as more and more people join the movement.
Last spring, Augustana College participated in a national launch grant video competition to start their own Campus Kitchen. After rallying thousands of votes from their supporters and winning a $5,000 grant from ELCA Word Hunger, the students and faculty at Augustana College have finalized their planning.
Today, Augustana College joined The Campus Kitchens Project with the official launch of their own Campus Kitchen. The Campus Kitchen at Augustana College is the 58th Campus Kitchen to join the national network. The Campus Kitchen at Augustana College is sponsored by the school’s CORE (Careers, Opportunities, Research and Exploration) office and is partnering with other on-campus organizations, such as Greek life, clubs and academic departments for volunteer recruitment.
With support from Augustana dining services, they will recover food from Gerber dining hall and also local grocery stores and food banks. They will prepare and serve 50 meals for students on campus, and eventually also provide meals to their on-campus pantry.
ELCA World Hunger is excited to support the work of the Campus Kitchen at Augustana College. For over 25 years, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has brought Lutherans and other people of goodwill together to fight hunger and poverty through ELCA World Hunger. ELCA World Hunger mobilizes nearly $20 million each year to support work of relief, education, advocacy, and sustainable development in over 50 countries, including supporting ELCA institutions like Augustana College.
Olivia Rogine, CKP’s Community Development Coordinator is spending the next couple of days in Rock Island, Illinois sharing best practices and equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to run an effective community-based organization. We’re thrilled to welcome the Campus Kitchen at Augustana College to our growing network, as they help us prevent even more food from going to waste this year! To learn more about bringing a Campus Kitchen to your school, check out our Campus Kitchen Planner.
The votes are in, and we are thrilled to welcome our future Campus Kitchens! From November 7-14, Austin Peay University, James Madison University, Northwest Arkansas Community College, University of Central Missouri and Williams College competed to see who could rally the most votes to win a grant sponsored by Cobank to start their own Campus Kitchen.
Thousands of votes were cast from students, alumni, school staff and supporters. The top three schools ultimately won grants to start their own Campus Kitchen. Check out the winners below to see their total votes and why these schools are starting a Campus Kitchen!
James Madison University, the school with the most votes, is excited to launch a Campus Kitchen so they can bridge the gap between campus and community and address hunger in the Harrisonburg, VA area. They are partnering with their Dietetics program to ensure that healthy meals will be created and distributed to those in need in their community. At the same time, the Campus Kitchen will give students a hands on experience to enhance what they are learning in the classroom.
Williams College students are hoping to have their Campus Kitchen become an umbrella organization for all the food insecurity work happening on their campus and in their community. They are excited to have the Campus Kitchen unite two campus-wide goals: experiential learning and sustainability. By bringing together students from multiple groups on campus, Williams is excited to combine their skills and passion to reduce food insecurity in North Berkshire County, MA.
Austin Peay State University is excited to continue to grow their service opportunities for their student body. The Campus Kitchen will be addressing hunger and food insecurity in their community and even on their own campus. They hope to improve the lifes of those in the Clarksville, TN community through strong community partnerships, strong support from many academic departments, political and community leaders, and dedicated students.
These schools are all committed to ending hunger and food waste. Congratulations to our winners! We are so looking forward to adding new communities of hunger fighters to our growing network.
These schools qualified for this competition through our online Campus Kitchen Planner, which provides step-by-step guidance to any group interested in bringing our program to their campus. After completing several steps in the Planner, each competing school submitted a video explaining why their community would benefit from a Campus Kitchen. Then, over the past 7 days, the competitors mobilized their supporters to vote for their videos once per day.
Want to join our hunger-fighting movement? Check out our upcoming grant opportunities to learn how you can secure funding to bring this program to your campus.
In Casper, Wyoming, there are about 9,000 people that live with food insecurity every single day. At Casper College in Wyoming, the school’s dining facility produces more than enough food to feed their students. Seeing the need in the community for more food options, the students at Casper College today launched a Campus Kitchen to connect the excess food on campus to community members in need.
The student-led organization will turn wasted food into healthy, balanced meals for their community. With the launch of the program, the Campus Kitchen at Casper College will become the 57th Campus Kitchen and both the first community college to join the national network, and the first in Wyoming.
The Campus Kitchen at Casper College is sponsored by the school’s Nutrition Program. With support from Sodexo, the Campus Kitchen at Casper College will conduct food recovery shifts from the Sodexo Dining Hall three days a week. In the spring of 2017, the Campus Kitchen will expand to new donation partners on campus and in the community. Student volunteers will deliver all recovered food to the Casper Vet Center and the Casper YMCA.
“The issues of food waste and food insecurity touch all members of our community, and I’m excited to see Casper College students working to provide practical solutions to both problems,” said Dr. Kelsey Phillips, Project Director for the Campus Kitchen. “I am excited to blend the curriculum of the nutrition and environmental science programs with the service of the Campus Kitchen at Casper College, and believe that the CKCC will provide our students with valuable leadership opportunities that will prepare them for any career path.”
Olivia Rogine, CKP’s Community Development Coordinator is spending the next couple of days in Casper, Wyoming, sharing best practices and equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to run an effective community-based organization. We’re thrilled to welcome Casper College to our growing network, as they help us prevent even more food from going to waste this year!
To learn more about bringing a Campus Kitchen to your school, check out our Campus Kitchen Planner.
Last spring, Campbell University participated in a national launch grant video competition to start their own Campus Kitchen. After rallying thousands of votes from their supporters and winning a $5,000 grant from Sodexo, the students and faculty at Campbell University have finalized their planning.
Today, Campbell University joined The Campus Kitchens Project with the official launch of their own Campus Kitchen. The Campus Kitchen at Campbell University (CKCU) is the 56th Campus Kitchen to join the national network. CKCU is sponsored by the school’s Office of Community Engagement and is partnering with other on-campus organizations, such as Greek life, clubs, ministry groups, and academic departments for volunteer recruitment.
With support from their dining service provider, Aramark, CKCU will recover food from dining halls, their local Food Lion, and a local food pantry. Student volunteers will prepare 50-75 meals a week and will deliver these meals to students at Highland Middle School.
Matt Schnarr, CKP’s Expansion and Partnerships Manager is spending the next couple of days in Buies Creek, North Carolina sharing best practices and equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to run an effective community-based organization. We’re thrilled to welcome CKCU to our growing network, as they help us prevent even more food from going to waste this year!
To learn more about bringing a Campus Kitchen to your school, check out our Campus Kitchen Planner.
The competition has ended, but find out who won, here!