Student-Powered Hunger Relief

Monthly Archives: September 2014

Join the MOOvement

, September 22nd, 2014

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We need you to join the MOOvement as we expand our innovative hunger-fighting program to college campuses across the country.

In the last academic year, 36 Campus Kitchens across the country rescued more than 939,034 pounds of food and served 271,967 meals to 8,509 clients. Just imagine how we could fight food waste and hunger in the United States if our network included 100 schools.

We need your support to grow our national network and increase our impact in communities across the country. If we receive support from you and 149 other donors by Sunday, September 28, our friends at National Dairy Council will add $5,000 to your contributions.

Will you get us one step closer to releasing $5,000 from National Dairy Council by donating $10, $20 or $36 today?

Thank you for your support, and stay tuned all week for stories of other people who’ve decided to #jointheMOOvement.

Saint Peter’s University: the 39th Campus Kitchen

, September 18th, 2014

Nine months ago, students and staff at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, N.J., participated in our first-ever launch grant video competition and won $5,000 to start a Campus Kitchen. Since then, they’ve been making improvements to their kitchen, developing partnerships with area nonprofits and recruiting others to volunteer. This afternoon, the Campus Kitchen at Saint Peter’s University officially opens.

The Campus Kitchen at Saint Peter’s (CKSPU) is our 39th Campus Kitchen and the second to open in the state of New Jersey. They will operate out of the kitchen in St. Aedan’s: The Saint Peter’s University Church, and will initially recover food from on-campus dining halls – with support from Sodexo-run Saint Peter’s University Dining Services – and several local restaurants. This food will then be used to create nutritious meals for families and children who are also clients of the United Way and Hudson County Self-help Center. The Campus Kitchen is sponsored by Saint Peter’s Campus Ministry.

Saint Peter’s 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, Saint Peter’s submission received more than 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 Jersey City sharing best practices with the student leaders who will be running the Campus Kitchen, equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to run an effective community-based organization. This afternoon, student leaders and volunteers will conduct the Campus Kitchen’s first cooking shift and prepare 50 meals for their new clients.

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.

74,000 summer meals

, September 11th, 2014

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It’s probably fair to say most college students packed their bags in May and left campus for the summer, heading home or off on a summer adventure. But this summer, student leaders from 26 Campus Kitchens – almost three quarters of our current schools – did not. Instead, they stayed at school, making sure their Campus Kitchens were still recovering food, cooking healthy meals and delivering to their clients.

From May to August, nearly 3,400 volunteers served more than 13,000 hours, rescuing 201,000 pounds of food, which was then used to create almost 74,000 meals. These meals were then served to almost 9,000 clients at 101 partner agencies.

Not only did our Campus Kitchens work hard to provide the meals their clients need, they continued to go beyond the meal to address the root causes of hunger in their communities. Student leaders at the Campus Kitchen at East Carolina University developed a nutrition education curriculum customized for students at two area Boys and Girls Club locations, teaching 120 elementary-aged children the importance of healthy eating. A student with the Campus Kitchen at St. Lawrence University launched a sustainability group to facilitate conversations on food, transportation and energy among students and community members alike. And the Campus Kitchen at Northwestern University hosted two fellow food waste fighters from Rotary First Harvest in Seattle who biked across America to raise awareness of food waste and hunger in the United States.

Hunger doesn’t take a summer break – and neither did these Campus Kitchens. We’re proud of our students for their commitment to fighting hunger in their communities no matter what the season. If you’d like to join them in the kitchen, check out current volunteer opportunities by visiting our “locations” page.

The Campus Kitchens Project comes to SIUE

, September 9th, 2014

Back in January, students and staff at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville joined forces to create a three minute video that detailed hunger and poverty in their community, and won $5,000 to start a Campus Kitchen. Since then, they’ve been coordinating with a local farm, creating partnerships with other community organizations and recruiting excited volunteers. Today, the Campus Kitchen at SIUE officially opens.

The Campus Kitchen at SIUE (CKSIUE) is our 38th Campus Kitchen, the second to open in the state of Illinois and our third Campus Kitchen in the greater St. Louis area. They will operate out of the catering kitchen in the SIUE Fitness Center and initially recover about 100 pounds of fresh produce each week from La Vista CSA Farm in nearby Godfrey, Ill. This food will then be used to create nutritious meals for clients in the St. Louis metro east area. CKSUE will also partner with the Sunshine Cultural Arts Center to provide healthy, balanced meals for the children in the center’s after school programs. The Campus Kitchen is sponsored by the Kimmel Student Involvement Center.

SIUE 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, SIUE’s submission received more than 10,000 votes, winning them a $5,000 grant to bring our program to their campus.

Jenny, coordinator of the Campus Kitchen at Saint Louis University, is spending a couple of days in Edwardsville sharing best practices with the student leaders who will be running the Campus Kitchen and meeting with partners on and off campus.

Learn more about our upcoming $5,000 launch grant opportunities here.

Welcoming IUPUI, the 37th Campus Kitchen

, September 5th, 2014

Back in January, students and staff at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) participated in our first-ever launch grant video competition and won $5,000 to start a Campus Kitchen. Since then, they’ve been coordinating with dining services, creating partnerships with other community organizations and recruiting excited volunteers. This afternoon, the Campus Kitchen at IUPUI officially opens.

The Campus Kitchen at IUPUI (CKIUPUI) is our 37th Campus Kitchen and the first to open in the state of Indiana. They will operate out of the kitchen in the IUPUI Campus Center and initially recover food that would have otherwise gone to waste from Chartwells-run IUPUI Food Service. This food will then be used to create nutritious meals for clients in the Indianapolis community. CKIUPUI will also partner with Wheeler Mission Ministries, an organization that provides programs and services for the homeless and those in need. The Campus Kitchen is sponsored by the IUPUI Office of Sustainability.

IUPUI 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, IUPUI’s submission received more than 10,000 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 Indianapolis sharing best practices with the student leaders who will be running the Campus Kitchen. This evening, their official launch event will take place at the Campus Center, where student leaders and volunteers will conduct their first cooking shift and prepare meals for Wheeler Mission Ministries.

Read more about the addition of the Campus Kitchen at IUPUI 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.

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