Just a few weeks ago at the Food Waste & Hunger Summit, we presented eight different awards to individuals and Campus Kitchens making a difference in their communities. As the spring semester wraps up at colleges across the country, it seems we’re not the only ones recognizing great hunger-fighting work: four of our Campus Kitchens have recently received awards from their school communities as well.
During the recent H. Gordon and Francis S. Davis Student Organization Achievement and Recognition (SOAR) Award Ceremony, the Campus Kitchen at the University of Georgia was selected from nearly 690 student organizations to receive the Most Innovative Program Award. This award goes to the student organization that understands the current needs of the UGA student body and has positively advanced the UGA community by sponsoring the most innovative, creative and groundbreaking project or program.
The Campus Kitchen at Kent State University was selected to receive the Most Impactful Service Initiative Award, which was presented to them at the Showcase of Excellence in Action – A Celebration of Engagement and Service. This award is presented by the Office of Experiential Education and Civic Engagement and is given to recognize a student, staff, faculty member or group who has contributed extraordinary service to their community or who has been involved in coordinating a service project or program on the Kent State University campuses. Jacqueline Telmanik, Michelle Whitacre, Alexandra James and Joshua Lenardos, four Campus Kitchen at Kent State leaders, were all recipients of this award.
Over in Virginia, the Campus Kitchen at William and Mary was presented the Community Organization Award from the William and Mary chapter of the NAACP. The award goes to a group that brings together a community of people to advocate for a particular cause or movement. This year, the Campus Kitchen at William and Mary was chosen for their commitment to addressing food insecurity in the Williamsburg area, which was exemplified through their success in our Raise the Dough Challenge (they came in third place and were up against Campus Kitchens hosted by much larger universities).
Finally, the soon-to-open Campus Kitchen at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) recently received the SIUE Community Agency Award, a grant award to fund their programs, from the SIUE Meridian Society. The Community Agency Award is given to nonprofit agencies that work closely with SIUE students, faculty and staff to promote SIUE’s values of civic responsibility, service, sustainability and inclusion through civic engagement programs. The SIUE Meridian Society is a group of women who provide leadership through philanthropy by making annual grants each spring to fund SIUE projects that provide direct services in the community.
We’re thrilled that these Campus Kitchens have been recognized for the powerful impact they make in their communities, and we can’t wait to see how they’ll deepen that impact in the future. Congratulations to all of our Campus Kitchens as they wrap up a semester filled with success in classrooms, kitchens, gardens and more. We’ll be sure to share their combined impact for the entire 2013-2014 academic year this summer!