This year, The Campus Kitchens Project (CKP) hit an incredible milestone, delivering its 2.5 millionth meal from recovered food that would have otherwise been wasted. In the last academic year alone, 45 Campus Kitchens across the country rescued more than 987,221 pounds of food and delivered 319,104 meals.
Our inspiring student leaders are to thank for reaching these incredible landmarks. The Campus Kitchen at Gonzaga University (CKGU) in Spokane, WA, just delivered their 240,000th meal in Spokane’s famous “boat car”, pictures below. CKGU delivered this milestone meal to Cup of Cool Water, which is a youth drop-in shelter in downtown Spokane. CKGU has been delivering meals to them since January of 2008. Since beginning operations in 2005, CKGU has recovered 216,376 pounds of food and repurposed this food into balanced and nutritious meals. They go beyond their meals by community gardening and by hosting communal meals that both foster a sense of community and combat isolation, a key factor that contributes to senior hunger.
The Campus Kitchen at Gettysburg College (CKGC) will soon deliver their 50,000th meal. Since beginning operations in 2007, CKGC has recovered 88,795 pounds of food, which they have used to serve healthy meals to over 300 people each month. CKGC’s 50,000th meal will be served at the Adams County Office for Aging Senior Center as part of CKGC’s holiday community meal at the senior center. This is a part of CKGC’s larger outreach in the community helping food insecure families to access farmers market produce through a voucher program, and bringing farm-fresh grocery bags to home-bound seniors.
This is a huge milestone for all of our student leaders, who together have delivered two and a half million healthy meals to food insecure communities simply by using the resources already available on their campuses and in their communities. Rumor has it CKP is about to hit another huge milestone and we can’t wait to celebrate with our network! Keep an eye out for exciting news coming soon…
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From November 2 to November 9, three schools rallied thousands of votes from their students, alumni, staff and supporters to win a grant and start their own Campus Kitchen. The votes are in, and we are excited to announce the three winners of our latest Launch Grant Video Competition:
- Arkansas Tech University – 2,763 votes
- Baldwin Wallace University – 2,183 votes
- Fayetteville State University – 947 votes
These three schools each won a $5,000 grant sponsored by CoBank to start their own Campus Kitchen by spring 2016. CoBank was so impressed by the quality of the videos that they are awarding grant funding to all three competitors, and decided to give Arkansas Tech University a bonus $1,000 for receiving the most votes.
These schools qualified for this competition through our online Campus Kitchen Planner, which provides step-by-step guidance to any group interested in bringing our program to their campus. After completing several steps in the Planner, each competing school submitted a video explaining why their community would benefit from a Campus Kitchen. Then, over the past 7 days, the competitors mobilized their supporters to vote for their videos once per day.
A big thanks to those who voted and congratulations to our winners! We are so looking forward to adding you to our growing network!
Want to join our hunger-fighting movement? Check out our upcoming grant opportunities to learn how you can secure funding to bring this program to your campus.