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Monthly Archives: February 2014

Life after Campus Kitchens: food jobs

, February 27th, 2014

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If you’re passionate about reducing food insecurity, eliminating food waste, tackling food deserts or any other food/hunger-related issue, we’ve found a variety of job postings you should check out! Some of these positions are with a Campus Kitchen (or with The Campus Kitchens Project national office), and others are with some of our friends and partners in the fight against hunger.

Outreach Coordinator – Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee (due April 1)
Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps VISTA Member – The Campus Kitchens Project (due April 1)
Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps VISTA Member – Campus Kitchen at Northwestern University (due April 1)
Summer Associate VISTA – Campus Kitchen at Northwestern University (due April 1)
Summer Associate VISTA – Campus Kitchen at Saint Louis University (due April 1)
Summer Associate VISTA – Campus Kitchen at the University of Massachusetts Boston (due April 1)
AmeriCorps Service Member - Food Corps (due March 30)
Food Day Project Coordinator - Center for Science in the Public Interest

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It’s time to Raise the Dough

, February 21st, 2014

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That’s right: the Raise the Dough Challenge starts today!

Online fundraising for Raise the Dough for The Campus Kitchens Project

From now through the end of Friday, February 28, 19 of our Campus Kitchens are going head to head to see who can raise the most money. The Campus Kitchen that raises the most by the end of the week will win a $1,000 prize supplied by Hilton Worldwide.

Which Campus Kitchen do you want to come out on top? Support them with a $10 donation today, and stay tuned throughout the next seven days to see how the competition shakes out!

Don’t see your Campus Kitchen on our team page? Contribute to The Campus Kitchens Project nationally instead, and your donation will help expand the impact of current Campus Kitchens and contribute to opening new ones too!

Joining the Zero Hunger Challenge

, February 14th, 2014

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Since October 2001, The Campus Kitchens Project has recovered 3,319,267 pounds of food that would have otherwise been thrown away, and used this food to serve 2,093,832 meals to people who might otherwise have gone hungry. But we know we can’t end hunger with food – not to mention by ourselves.

That’s why we’ve joined the United Nation’s Zero Hunger Challenge, a collaborative, comprehensive effort that aims to end hunger in our lifetime by ensuring that every man, woman and child enjoy their right to adequate food; women are empowered; priority is given to family farming; and food systems everywhere are sustainable and resilient. The Challenge is a global effort spearheaded by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and embodies his personal vision for ending hunger in the world:

  1. 100% access to adequate food all year round
  2. Zero stunted children less than 2 years
  3. All food systems are sustainable
  4. 100% increase in smallholder productivity and income
  5. Zero loss or waste of food

By joining the Zero Hunger Challenge, we commit to actively work towards the alleviation and eradication of hunger through our work in the United States. For our organization, this means focusing on the 1st and 5th principles of the challenge: ensuring access to adequate food and working towards zero food waste. In our rapidly growing network, our Campus Kitchens will continue to recover food from dining halls, farmers markets, grocery stores and other food suppliers to prevent food waste and feed hungry children, senior citizens and anyone in between.

Bring the principles of the Zero Hunger Challenge to your campus by getting involved in your Campus Kitchen – or by starting one at your school! Together, we can use existing resources like on-campus kitchens and passionate student volunteers to work with other organizations to end hunger in our lifetime.

Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee hosts “Souper Bowl”

, February 11th, 2014

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Eighteen restaurants, caterers and bakeries brought their A-game to Washington and Lee University last month for the 2nd annual “Souper Bowl” event benefiting the Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee University (CKWL).

On Sunday, January 26th, community members and college students gathered in Evans Dining Hall to address childhood hunger in the area one soup sample at a time. Attracted by the aroma of over 23 delicious soup creations, taste testers wandered the row of restaurants to the melodies of three Washington and Lee acapella groups.

The event supported CKWL’s Backpack Program, which began in 2009 as a partnership between CKWL and nearby Natural Bridge Elementary School. Four years later, the program has expanded to serve all area elementary schools and Head Start programs, providing more than 600 children with a bag of non-perishable food items to take home each weekend. In fact, in the fall 2013 term alone, CKWL distributed 8,957 backpacks.

By the end of the day, the Souper Bowl raised more than $7,600, enough to fund roughly three months of the Backpack Program. Special thanks to the local restaurants, volunteers from Llylburn Downing Beta Club, and CKWL’s annual sponsor, Davidson & Garrard, who supported the event.

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