Back in January, students and staff at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay participated in our first-ever launch grant video competition and won $5,000 to start a Campus Kitchen. Since then, they’ve been finalizing operations plans, creating partnerships with other community organizations and recruiting excited volunteers. Tomorrow, the Campus Kitchen at UW-Green Bay will officially open.
The Campus Kitchen at UW-Green Bay (CKUWGB) is our 36th Campus Kitchen, the third in Wisconsin and the second to open in the University of Wisconsin system. They will operate out of the university’s dining services kitchen and initially recover food that would have otherwise gone to waste from A’viands campus dining service. This food will then be used to create nutritious meals for clients in the Green Bay community. CKUWGB will also partner with NEW Community Shelter, an emergency shelter serving adults experiencing homelessness. The Campus Kitchen is sponsored by UW-Green Bay’s office of Social Work Professional Programs.
UW-Green Bay is one of seven universities that participated in the Campus Kitchen launch grant video competition sponsored by Sodexo Foundation earlier this year. 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, UW-Green Bay’s submission received nearly 5,000 votes, winning them a $5,000 grant to bring our program to their campus.
Matt, our expansion and partnerships manager, is spending a couple of days in Green Bay sharing best practices with the student leaders who will be running the Campus Kitchen. Tomorrow morning, their official launch event will take place at the nearby Fort Howard Apartments, where student leaders and volunteers will conduct a cooking shift and prepare meals for residents.
Read more about the addition of the Campus Kitchen at UW-Green Bay to our growing network in this press release.
To learn more about bringing a Campus Kitchen to your school and to qualify for our next $5,000 grant opportunity, visit our Campus Kitchen planner.