For the past seven days, 19 Campus Kitchens across the country competed against one another to see who could raise the most money to support their operations. They galvanized hundreds of student, faculty and community supporters – 524, to be exact – with impressive results. Together, they raised $26,780 to support their innovative student-powered hunger relief efforts.
The Campus Kitchen at Gettysburg College (CKGC) raised $7,529 and won an additional $1,000 grant for raising the most of any Campus Kitchen. CKGC plans to use the funds they raised to support their Healthy Options initiative, which provides more than 70 families experiencing food insecurity who are yet not eligible for federal food assistance programs with ability to purchase healthy, fresh foods. Last year alone, CKGC recovered 17,365 pounds of food and served 7,522 meals to 3,747 clients in their community.
The Campus Kitchen at Saint Louis University came in second place, raising $3,652 and winning an additional $500 grant. Students with the Campus Kitchen at William and Mary raised $2,795 to come in third, winning an additional $250. A $750 grant was also given to the Campus Kitchen at the University of Georgia (who raised $3,661) for engaging 106 donors – the most of any competitor. All grants were supplied by Hilton Worldwide, which supports programs that address food insecurity as part of their commitment to Travel with PurposeTM and strengthen communities.
A giant “thank you” goes out to all of our 524 donors. Your support makes all the difference in powering our lean and sustainable solutions to hunger, which since our founding in 2001 has empowered student volunteers to recover more than 3,319,000 pounds of food and serve more than 2,093,000 meals. Thank you for investing in our work!