“We understand the importance of reducing food waste on campus, and promoting student leadership in community service,” said Brinda Penmetsa, a student leader at the University of Houston. We’re thrilled to announce that University of Houston students have chosen to live up to the commitment to reduce food waste on campus and hunger in their community by launching a Campus Kitchen.
The University of Houston today joins The Campus Kitchens Project with the official launch of their own Campus Kitchen, becoming the 49th Campus Kitchen to join the national network. The Campus Kitchen at the University of Houston (CKUH) is the first public university and the second in Texas, joining the Campus Kitchen at Baylor University.
CKUH is sponsored by The Bonner Leaders Program, a four year service oriented leadership program hosted in The Honors College at the University of Houston. Student leaders at the Campus Kitchen at University of Houston will dedicate 5-10 hours of each week to conduct food recovery shifts at Fresh Foods at Moody Towers and Cougar Woods Dining Halls on campus, with support from Aramark. Volunteers will begin meal deliveries with their community partners at New Hope for Housing. Student leaders are excited to be providing opportunities for their peers to grow, learn, and serve as hunger fighters.
The University of Houston is one of four schools that participated in the launch grant video competition sponsored by Sodexo Foundation in March 2015. A group of campus representatives created a video 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, University of Houston’s submission received almost 2,500 votes, winning them a $5,000 grant to bring our program to their campus.
To learn more about bringing a Campus Kitchen to your school, visit our Campus Kitchen Planner.