Americans waste 40% of the food we produce
Rotting food creates methane, a greenhouse gas 25x more potent than carbon dioxide
1 in 7 Americans are food insecure
Food waste costs us $218 Billion each year
Target Root Causes
Founded in 2001, The Campus Kitchens Project is the national program of renowned local nonprofit and social enterprise, DC Central Kitchen. On university and high school campuses across the country, students transform unused food from dining halls, grocery stores, restaurants, and farmers’ markets into meals for their community. Because food alone will never end hunger, Campus Kitchens also develop innovative local solutions that go ‘beyond the meal’ and target hunger’s root causes. Running a Campus Kitchen builds leadership skills, offers entrepreneurial opportunities, and fosters personal and community relationships that students both use today and carry with them into future careers.
Members join a national network of over 60 affiliates and more than 30,000 student volunteers. We offer day-to-day operational support and help students build lasting connections with other changemakers.
Throughout the year, The Campus Kitchens Project and our dedicated investors provide significant funding opportunities to new and existing members of our network so students can their ideas into action.
Training & Support
Every Campus Kitchen has a support network of dedicated alums and expert regional staff. We’re here to guide students and we offer a suite of resources to get the job done while building lasting leadership and entrepreneurial skills.
The skills I learned have taught me how to create a nonprofit, manage a nonprofit, and raise the funds necessary to maintain a nonprofit. I also have learned how to connect with the people that I serve in order to meet their wants and needs.”
– Campus Kitchen Volunteer
Students have hosted over 800 Beyond the Meal programs including community dinners, nutrition education lessons, advocacy events and more.
In the 2016-2017 academic year:
32,018 student volunteers at 63 Campus Kitchens
recovered 991,872 pounds of food that would have otherwise gone to waste
prepared 378,423 nutritious meals for those in need
97% of Campus Kitchens volunteers and alumni agree that participating in The Campus Kitchens Project influence their career path