Student-Powered Hunger Relief

7,400 holiday meals

, December 17th, 2013

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Student volunteers at 29 Campus Kitchens across the country cooked up a special holiday season for their clients this year, collecting food items, including turkeys, and providing prepared meals or food baskets to the community partners their Campus Kitchens support. Throughout this holiday effort, 886 volunteers spent 2,771 hours serving up 3,846 meals and 907 holiday-themed food baskets to 84 different agencies. In all, 7,474 extra holiday meals were dished out in addition to the 20,800 meals Campus Kitchens serve on average each month.

Holiday meal services and deliveries varied across The Campus Kitchens Project network, though each Campus Kitchen made a concerted effort to serve their clients above and beyond their normal operations. Activities included:

  • At the Campus Kitchen at Gettysburg College, students distributed 3,588 pounds of food in 153 meals and 277 grocery bags, each of which contained enough food to feed a family of four.
  • The Campus Kitchen at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, DC prepared 60 holiday meals and additional snacks for their regular clients using food donated from a school food drive. Forty-five volunteers – including students, their families and a few clients the Campus Kitchen serves – spent 166 hours preparing and delivering the meals.
  • Students with the Campus Kitchen at the University of Georgia created 300 grocery bags containing 5,321 pounds of food, including 138 antibiotic-free turkeys donated by Earth Fare, fresh produce from UGArden and non-perishable goods from a YouGiveGoods online food drive. In addition, students prepared and served 150 individual meals to their senior clients with limited mobility.
  • In St. Louis, 86 volunteers spent 136 hours with the Campus Kitchen at Saint Louis University, collecting 1,458 pounds of food used to create 376 meals and 98 grocery bags, which were delivered to eight client agencies.

We are so proud of our student leaders and volunteers, who are leaders in the field of student volunteerism and service learning.  Not only did they make a great impact this holiday season, they regularly commit to engaging in hunger relief efforts all year long. This year, they are on track to recover more food and serve more meals than last. As 2013 draws to a close, consider supporting our students and help deepen the impact they make in their communities by including The Campus Kitchens Project in your year-end giving.

Photo by Wake Forest University News Center

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