Student-Powered Hunger Relief

Meet Jonathan, our newest CKP family member

, June 18th, 2013

jonathanWe recently had the pleasure of welcoming a new staff member to The Campus Kitchens Project. He has experience developing community-based programs, thrives on cause-driven energy and is ready to take on the challenge of feeding students during the summer. Everyone, meet Jonathan, the new coordinator of the Campus Kitchen at Northwestern University!

Jonathan is a 2010 graduate of the University of Kansas, where he was (and continues to be) a huge Jayhawks basketball fan. He then participated in the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs, a nine month experiential leadership training program that prepares individuals for leadership in the public affairs arena. Most recently, Jonathan worked at the University of Wisconsin Hillel developing community programs and engaging students in the causes they were passionate about. What a great background to bring to CKNU, don’t you think?

Outside of work, Jonathan enjoys sports (especially baseball and – you guessed it – basketball), going to concerts, talking about news/politics and making spicy green beans for his girlfriend, Zoe.

Despite the fact he’s only been at CKNU for a few days, Jonathan’s enthusiasm is contagious. “I am very excited to be joining The Campus Kitchens Project team,” he says. “While volunteering at DC Central Kitchen seven years ago, I saw the energy and passion within the organization and became instantly hooked.”

He’ll be harnessing the energy and passion within his own kitchen this summer to produce 12,420 meals for kids through CKNU’s partnership with the Sodexo Foundation’s Feeding Our Future program, crucial work as only 1 in 7 children who receive free or reduced lunch at school continue to receive meals during the summer. In addition, the partnership will allow CKNU to develop and deliver a nutrition education curriculum for youth. Finally, the kitchen will serve 4,712 meals to regular weekly clients. Wow!

Kids who rely on meals in school still need to be fed during the summer, and CKNU is rising to this challenge. Is the Campus Kitchen near you still running over the summer? More than likely, the answer is yes, and they could use your help. The summer is a perfect time to spend a few hours cooking and delivering much needed meals. Contact your Campus Kitchen to see how you can help today.

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