The Campus Kitchens Project is excited to welcome Austin Peay State University to our national network of over 60 schools. The Campus Kitchen at Austin Peay State University (CKAPSU) is focused on fighting food insecurity within their community both on and off campus in Clarksville, Tennessee.
The Campus Kitchen at Austin Peay State University was one of three schools to win our fall launch grant video competition, sponsored by CoBank, a national cooperative bank serving vital industries across rural America. In one week, Austin Peay received over 2600 votes from students, alumni, faculty, staff and school supporters to help them finish in third place.
With support from the school’s dining services provider, Chartwells, the Campus Kitchen at Austin Peay State University will recover food from “The Tree of Life Center”, an organic market and wellness center in Clarksville, every other month and from Loaves and Fishes on an as-needed basis. The Campus Kitchen will then cook and serve weekly meals at the local Salvation Army for the Youth Character Building program. CKAPSU also has plans to use a small garden space on campus to grow fresh produce and herbs to add to their meals.
“Creating a Campus Kitchen has provided a great opportunity to not only reach those in need, but also teach others about the right to healthy living” said Crystal Brinkley, an AmeriCorps VISTA and the CKAPSU coordinator.
Our own Jenny Bird was at Austin Peay State University for their launch event which included a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement and a food prep and delivery to the local Salvation Army.
To learn more about bringing a Campus Kitchen to your school, check out our Campus Kitchen Planner.