During the 2012-2013 school year, the Campus Kitchen at Gettysburg College (CKGC) fed 6,651 meals to 968 clients. This fall, the student volunteers with CKGC are going beyond the meal to address the root causes of hunger by hosting new educational workshops.
In September, CKGC’s student volunteers partnered with South Central Community Action Programs, an organization dedicated to empowering families and engaging the community to pursue innovative and effective solutions to break the cycle of poverty. They joined mothers enrolled in a work-ready program to discuss and practice incorporating seasonal fresh vegetables into their cooking. Each participant made a personal sized frittata in a muffin tin with zucchini, a nutrient-filled vegetable that is plentiful this time of year.
But the CKGC students weren’t the only teachers – the mothers brought their own cooking backgrounds and shared their own experiences of how to best make frittatas and other dishes with seasonal vegetables.
Next, the student leaders of CKGC plan to visit a local daycare and show preschoolers the importance of eating a variety of colors with paper plates and colorful foods. They’ll likely read The Very Hungry Caterpillar before snacking themselves.
In the future, the students will look to continue these monthly workshops with different partner agencies in an effort to reach the diverse groups that they feed. Not only will these workshops work to increase the health of their clients, CKGC will also get word out in community about their programs. They may even gain new meal delivery clients!
We know we can’t end hunger with food. CKGC’s new monthly workshops are just one way our Campus Kitchens go beyond the meal to address the root causes of hunger in their communities.