Student-Powered Hunger Relief

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CKWDC Wins Raise the Dough Challenge for Second Year in a row

, February 29th, 2016

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24 Campus Kitchens across the country competed against one another to see who could raise the most money to support their Campus Kitchen. Our student volunteers reached out to hundreds of their peers, faculty members and community supporters with impressive results. Together, they raised $41,815 to support their innovative student-powered hunger relief efforts.

Coming in first place for the second year in a row, the Campus Kitchen at Washington, DC (CKWDC) raised $10,195. As the first place winner, CKWDC wins an additional $1,000 prize for raising the most “dough” of any Campus Kitchen. CKWDC will use these funds to support their food recovery and meal production efforts in the DC area. CKWDC recovers around 5,000 pounds of high-quality produce and protein from commercial food operators each month. With their in-house chef and volunteers from three local colleges, church community, and the surrounding community, CKWDC makes and delivers around 1,800 meals every month.

An expert competitor, the Campus Kitchen at Gettysburg College came in second place, for the second year in a row, raising $7,364 and winning an additional $500 prize.

Students with the Campus Kitchen at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore/Shady Grove (CKUMES) raised $2,728, coming in third and winning and additional $250.

In an impressive showing, the first-time competitor the Campus Kitchen at Gonzaga College High School (CKGCHS) leveraged the support of 157 donors, earning the $750 award money for most donors. In addition, CKGCHS raised $5,370 dollars during the competition.

A giant “thank you” goes out to all of our 704 donors and to all who shared our challenge with their own networks. Your support makes all the difference in aiding our solutions to hunger and food waste, which since 2001 has empowered student volunteers to recover more than 5 million pounds of food and serve over 2.7 million meals. Thank you for investing in our work!

Interested in ending hunger? Work for CKP!

, February 25th, 2016

Augsburg Vistas 2015_2016CKP is hiring! If you’re passionate about ending hunger and food waste, eliminating food deserts, or any other food/hunger-related issue, we’ve got jobs for you! In partnership with Hunger Free America’s Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps, we are recruiting four AmeriCorps VISTA positions at different Campus Kitchen locations and three Summer Associate VISTAs. We’re taking applications on a rolling basis, so apply today!

Program Innovation Associate – The Campus Kitchens Project
The Campus Kitchen Project is seeking a full year AmeriCorps VISTA member based in our Washington, DC headquarters to help us grow the organization’s capacity to develop and deliver nutrition education, SNAP outreach, and improve benefits access at farmers markets. AmeriCorps VISTA positions are designed to enhance organizational capacity, but are not direct service roles. The VISTA will report to and support the Associate Director of Training and Evaluation in developing and improving resources for nutrition and community outreach to be used by Campus Kitchens across the nation. Some activities will include collaborating with CKP staff and with VISTA members working at our other locations across the country to identify emerging best practices, so the position is a great opportunity for those who enjoy working as part of a national team and gaining experience in developing impactful nonprofit programs. This is a one year, full-time position beginning in June 2016.

Assistant Program Coordinator, Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps VISTA Member – the Campus Kitchen at UMass Boston
The Campus Kitchen at UMass Boston seeks an AmeriCorps VISTA member to support the CKUMB Coordinator in expanding CKUMB’s programming through volunteer recruitment, volunteer training, community engagement and partnerships, SNAP outreach, nutrition education, and capacity building. The VISTA member will prepare for and implement nutrition education programs for youth and senior citizens; distribute information about SNAP and SNAP E&T programs and lead info sessions with community organizations and members; support and enhance local community garden initiatives and farmers markets; and assist in volunteer recruitment efforts to facilitate operations. This is a one year, full-time position beginning June 2016.

Anti-Hunger & Opportunity Corps VISTA Member – the Campus Kitchen at Northwestern University
The Campus Kitchen at Northwestern University (CKNU) is seeking an AmeriCorps VISTA member who will work as a team with the CKNU Program Coordinator to promote volunteering opportunities, manage volunteer shifts, conduct community outreach, and develop innovative and meaningful programming to increase food justice and hunger awareness for the larger campus community. On a daily basis they will respond to volunteer inquires, complete food safety paperwork, track information for monthly reports, and establish new food resourcing partnerships.

Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps VISTA Member – Marquette University
The Campus Kitchen at Marquette University (CKMU) is seeking an AmeriCorps VISTA member who will work as a team with the CKMU Program Coordinator to promote volunteering opportunities, manage volunteer shifts, conduct community outreach, and develop innovative and meaningful programming to increase food justice and hunger awareness for the larger campus community. On a daily basis they will respond to volunteer inquires, complete food safety paperwork, track information for monthly reports, and establish new food resourcing partnerships.

 

Also check out the Summer Associate VISTA positions at the following Campus Kitchens!

 

Welcoming the 51st Campus Kitchen

, February 24th, 2016

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Earlier this year, students and staff at Baldwin Wallace University participated in our launch grant video competition sponsored by CoBank. Students rallied thousands of supporters to vote for their entry. By the end of the competition, Baldwin Wallace’s submission received over 2,000 votes, winning them a $5,000 grant to bring our program to their campus. Today, we’re thrilled to officially open the Campus Kitchen at Baldwin Wallace University (CKBWU).

CKBWU will become the 51st Campus Kitchen to join the growing national network and the third in the state of Ohio. CKBWU is sponsored by the Office of Community Outreach. Student volunteers will conduct food recovery shifts from Union Dining Hall on campus, Cleveland Food Bank, and local restaurants and food suppliers. Student volunteers will prepare meals from this recovered food at Union Dining Hall one day a week, with the expectation of increasing this over the next year. Student volunteers will be delivering meals to St. Paul’s – Cleveland, a faith-based organization that serves hot meals to community members in need. Through collaboration with Cleveland Food Bank and Hunger Network of Cleveland, the student leaders at CKBWU hope to expand their services to other hot meal programs and eventually provide nutrition education and workshops.

Olivia Rogine, CKP’s Community Development Coordinator is spending the next couple of days in Berea, Ohio sharing best practices and equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to run an effective community-based organization. Olivia is joined by Robert Egger, CKP’s founder, for an official launch event where Robert will be sharing the growth and impact of The Campus Kitchens Project. We’re thrilled to welcome the students at Baldwin Wallace into our network, as they’ll help us prevent even more food from going to waste this year!

How can you get involved in preventing food waste? Find out here.

To learn more about bringing a Campus Kitchen to your school, email orogine@campuskitchens.org.

Welcoming the 50th Campus Kitchen

, February 18th, 2016

Today, CKP is excited to welcome Arkansas Tech University to our national network, becoming the 50th Campus Kitchen. The Campus Kitchen at Arkansas Tech University (CKATU) will work towards ending hunger in the Arkansas River Valley community by transforming unused food from dining halls, grocery stores, restaurants, and farmers markets into healthy meals that are delivered to local agencies serving the community.

CKP’s impact is growing across the nation. Earlier this year, we announced our landmark 5 million pounds of recovered food, which was repurposed into over 2.7 million balanced and nutritious meals to feed people struggling with hunger. We’re thrilled to welcome the students at Arkansas Tech into our growing network, and together we’ll prevent even more food from going to waste this year.

CKATU is the first Campus Kitchen to launch in Arkansas and the 26th state to join the CKP network. CKATU works hand in hand with Because We Can, which is the student organization that started the Campus Kitchen at Arkansas Tech University.CKATU is sponsored by the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Arkansas Tech University and will recover food from Chambers Cafeteria on campus. Food will be recovered five nights a week, Sunday through Thursday and will be delivered five mornings a week, Monday through Friday. Volunteers will deliver these meals to Main Street Mission, which is a local soup kitchen, a food pantry called Manna House, and St. John Catholic Food Pantry.

Arkansas Tech is one of three schools that participated in the launch grant video competition sponsored by CoBank in November 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, Arkansas Tech’s submission received almost 3,000 votes, winning them a $4,000 grant to bring our program to their campus.

Kendall Tubb, the cofounder of the Campus Kitchen at Arkansas Tech and Because We Can is ecstatic for the official launch of the Campus Kitchen at Arkansas Tech University. “We have been working very hard for about a year now to get the recovery program started, and I am very excited to see it paying off. Winning the grant competition was so amazing, and now we are finally getting our Campus Kitchen up and running.”

Our network is expanding to new communities all across the nation, driving up the pounds of food we are diverting from landfills, and the meals we deliver to underserved communities. This year, our student volunteers are slated to recover over one million pounds of wasted food that they will use to create healthy, balanced meals for their community.

How can you get involved in preventing food waste? Find out here.

To learn more about bringing a Campus Kitchen to your school, email orogine@campuskitchens.org.

Raise the Dough 2016

, February 10th, 2016

web post header That’s right: the Raise the Dough Challenge starts today!

Donate to Raise the Dough Challenge 2016

From now through the end of Friday, February 26, 22 of our Campus Kitchens are going head to head to see who can raise the most money. The Campus Kitchen that raises the most by the end of the week will win a $1,000 prize. Which Campus Kitchen do you want to come out on top? Support them with a $10 donation today, share your support on social media using #raisedough and stay tuned throughout the next seven days to see how the competition shakes out! Don’t see your Campus Kitchen on our team page? Contribute to The Campus Kitchens Project nationally instead, and your donation will help us open more Campus Kitchens, growing our network to over 50 schools!

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