Our Affiliation Process
How does my school get a Campus Kitchen?
How long does it typically take to start a Campus Kitchen?
How will I know how to plan my Campus Kitchen?
Can my school donate food? Isn’t there liability involved?
What if my school is still worried about kitchen safety liability and risk management?
Is there a cost to becoming a Campus Kitchen?
Is there funding available to help start my Campus Kitchen?
What are the benefits of being involved with a Campus Kitchen?
Q: How does my school get a Campus Kitchen?
A: To become a Campus Kitchen you must:
1) Start by filling out the simple “Getting Started Form.” Submitting this form will give you access to your Campus Kitchen Planner.
2) Complete every step in the online Campus Kitchen Planner. Learn more about the Planner here.
3) Sign the contract (between your school and The Campus Kitchens Project).
Q: How long does it typically take to start a Campus Kitchen?
A: While each school’s timeline varies, the average amount of time it takes to get your program running is one semester.
Q: How will I know how to plan my Campus Kitchen?
A: There are four categories of support that you must foster to create a Campus Kitchen: student support, school support, dining support and community support. The Campus Kitchen Planning Center is a brand-new tool that maps out the entire process of bringing a Campus Kitchen to your school through these four categories. You can track your progress and access all the necessary information, forms and documents all from one convenient place. You can even earn points for completing planning actions and redeem those points for prizes, like Campus Kitchen supplies, swag and even grants! Learn more about the Planner here.
Q: Can my school donate food? Isn’t there liability involved?
A: Every school with a Campus Kitchen is protected under the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act, national legislation enacted in 1996. This act protects all those (including dining halls) who donate leftover food in “good faith” to needy individuals in their community. The Bill Emerson Act extends the same liability protection to the nonprofit organizations that receive and distribute donated food. Thus, except in cases of gross negligence or intentional misconduct, donors and qualified recipients of appropriately recovered food have robust protection against liability associated with their food donations. To learn even more about this act, please review the newly published “Legal Guide to Food Recovery.”
Q: What if my school is still worried about kitchen safety liability and risk management?
A: Remind them that all Campus Kitchens are asked to maintain a comprehensive food safety and tracking system as part of its compliance and reporting. This is called a HACCP system. Using our paperwork system, students will be able to track the temperature and location of every food donation from the time it is donated to the time it is prepared, delivered and served. That’s a promise to help keep your clients safe, your volunteers accountable and your dining services team feeling secure and motivated to help you with food recovery.
Remember that since The Campus Kitchens Project’s inception 15 years ago, across our network of more than 50 schools, we have never had a single liability issue of food borne illness due to improper food handling or preparation.
Q: Is there a cost to becoming a Campus Kitchen?
A: Yes, there is an annual affiliation fee of $1,200 associated with becoming a Campus Kitchen that is paid after you start your program. However, we will also provide you with opportunities for grants throughout the year to help with start-up and ongoing costs. If you would like to know what you receive from The Campus Kitchens Project for this affiliate fee, check out what we bring to the table (our value).
Q: Is there funding available to help start my Campus Kitchen?
A: Yes! The Campus Kitchens Project provides various start-up grant opportunities throughout the year. Some are in the form of video competitions, while some are more traditional grant applications. Your school could qualify to receive one of the $5,000 launch grants we provide. To learn more about the current grant opportunities that are available, visit our grants page.
Q: What are the benefits of being involved with a Campus Kitchen?
A: There are benefits for all that get involved with the Campus Kitchen. Whether you are a student, school staff, dining services staff or a community member, you will find value in the Campus Kitchen. Learn more about how each group benefits here.