Earlier this year, students and staff at Georgia Tech participated in our first-ever launch grant video competition and won $5,000 to start a Campus Kitchen. Today, we’re thrilled to officially open the Campus Kitchen at Georgia Tech.
The Campus Kitchen at Georgia Tech (CKGT) is our 35th Campus Kitchen nationally and the first of the five grant winners to begin regular operations. They will operate out of Brittain Dining Hall and recover food from all four dining halls on the Georgia Tech campus – this thanks to the supportive relationship CKGT has developed with Sodexo-run Georgia Tech Dining. CKGT’s initial client partner agencies are Atlanta Mission, the city’s largest provider of services to the homeless, and Atlanta’s Table, a project of the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
Georgia Tech is one of seven universities that participated in the Campus Kitchen launch grant video competition sponsored by Sodexo Foundation in late January. A group of campus representatives created a video (watch it at the top of this post) explaining why their community would benefit from a Campus Kitchen and rallied thousands of supporters to vote for their entry. By the end of the competition, Georgia Tech received more than 5,000 votes and won a $5,000 grant to bring our program to their campus.
Matt, our expansion and partnerships manager, has spent the last couple of days at Georgia Tech equipping the student leaders who will be running the Campus Kitchen with the skills and information they need to effectively operate. This afternoon, after Matt has finished sharing our program’s best practices with CKGT, their official launch event will take place. After a ceremony with Georgia Tech Dining, Georgia Tech administrators and client agency representatives, CKGT will conduct a food safety demonstration and cooking shift in Brittain Dining Hall to prepare more than 200 meals for Atlanta Mission.
Read more about the addition of the Campus Kitchen at Georgia Tech to our growing network in our press release.
To learn more about bringing a Campus Kitchen to your school, visit our Campus Kitchen planner.