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Westtown School becomes 53rd Campus Kitchen

, May 26th, 2016

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Just two short months ago, Westtown School participated in a national launch grant video competition to start their own Campus Kitchen. After rallying thousands of votes from their supporters and winning a $5,000 grant from AARP, the students and faculty at Westtown School have been working to finalize their planning.

Today, Westtown School joins CKP with the official launch of their own Campus Kitchen. The Campus Kitchen at Westtown School will become the 53rd Campus Kitchen – and the fourth high school – to join the national network.

With support from its self-operated dining services, the Campus Kitchen at Westtown will begin by conducting weekly food recovery shifts at the school cafeteria and delivering approximately 25 meals a week. The school’s nutritionist will provide monthly cooking demonstrations to meal recipients of healthy and easy recipes.

Westtown will deliver meals to CityTeam, a nonprofit providing food and social services to local residents in need. Students will also deliver meals to West Chester Area Senior Center, a local nonprofit that aids senior citizens.  During the fall season, students plan to work with a local farmer to recover and deliver fresh produce and fresh fruit from on campus cherry trees, which will be planted during the Campus Kitchen launch event.

Matt Schnarr, CKP’s Expansion and Partnerships Manager is spending the next couple of days in Chester, PA sharing best practices and equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to run an effective community-based organization. We’re thrilled to welcome the Campus Kitchen at Westtown to our growing network, as they help us prevent even more food from going to waste this year!

To learn more about bringing a Campus Kitchen to your school, check out our Campus Kitchen Planner.

Welcoming FSU as 52nd Campus Kitchen

, May 11th, 2016

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In 2013, Fayetteville’s main grocery store closed, making the town one of the 171 food deserts in North Carolina. Recognizing the need for affordable and accessible food, FSU students started planning for a Campus Kitchen to serve low income families in the community. Earlier this year, students and faculty at FSU participated in our national launch grant video competition sponsored by CoBank. Students rallied supporters to vote for their video, helping them win a $5,000 grant to bring our program to their campus.

Today, Fayetteville State University joined CKP as the 52nd Campus Kitchen! FSU is the first Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in North Carolina and the second in the United States. The Campus Kitchen at Fayetteville State University (CKFSU) is the first HBCU to join the national network!

CKFSU is sponsored by the Department of Sociology within the College of Arts and Sciences. With support from dining service provider, Aramark, CKFSU will conduct food recovery shifts at on-campus cafeterias, as well as the Murchison Road Farmers Market, local restaurants, grocery stores, and community gardens.

Student volunteers will begin operations by delivering monthly meals and providing nutrition education to preschool children at the FSU Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC). CKFSU will conduct cooking shifts at the ECLC kitchen as well as on-campus dining services.

Olivia Rogine, CKP’s Community Development Coordinator is spending the next couple of days in Fayetteville, NC sharing best practices and equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to run an effective community-based organization. We’re thrilled to welcome CKFSU to our growing network, as they help us prevent even more food from going to waste this year!

To learn more about bringing a Campus Kitchen to your school, check out our Campus Kitchen Planner or email orogine@campuskitchens.org.

Four Future Campus Kitchens

, May 9th, 2016

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The votes are in, and we are thrilled to welcome four future Campus Kitchens! From May 2 to 9, Augustana College, Campbell University, Casper College, and the University of Nebraska, Omaha competed to see who could rally the most votes to win a grant sponsored by Sodexo Foundation to start their own Campus Kitchen.

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Thousands of votes were cast from students, alumni, school staff and supporters. Each school ultimately won a grant to start their own Campus Kitchen. Check out the winners below to see their total votes and why these schools are starting a Campus Kitchen!

Campbell University – 4,572
Augustana College – 3,951
Casper College – 2,634

Campbell University, the school with the most votes, is excited to launch a Campus Kitchen so the students can help the 53% of residents in Harnett County that are battling with food insecurity.

The students at Augustana College are interested in starting a Campus Kitchen to help combat on campus hunger and provide fresh and affordable food to residents in their county, which is labeled as a food desert.

Casper College, our third place winner, recognizes the environmental impact of food waste and wants to use a Campus Kitchen to get that food into the community and away from the trash can.

Students at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, our final contestant, work with Youth Emergency Services (YES), which helps over 300 homeless youth every night in Omaha. These students know a Campus Kitchen could consistently provide food to YES and the homeless youth in their community.

While their reasons for wanting to start a Campus Kitchen may vary, these schools are all committed to ending hunger and food waste. Congratulations to our winners! We are so looking forward to adding new communities of hunger fighters to our growing network.

The four schools qualified for this competition through our online Campus Kitchen Planner, which provides step-by-step guidance in setting up our program. If you are interested in joining our hunger-fighting movement, check out our upcoming grant opportunities to learn how you can secure funding to bring this program to your campus.

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