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Welcoming Williams College as the 60th Campus Kitchen

, February 24th, 2017

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The Campus Kitchens Project is excited to welcome our 60th Campus Kitchen, Williams College, to our national network. The Campus Kitchen at Williams College (CKWC) unites two student groups, Williams Recovery of All Perishable Surplus (WRAPS) and Moo-Mami, who will work together to address food insecurity in northern Berkshire County.

The Campus Kitchen at Williams College 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, Williams received over 2700 votes from students, alumni, faculty, staff and school supporters to help them finish in second place.

WRAPS and Moo-Mami, a student cooking group, will work collaboratively under the CKWC umbrella to gather, prepare and distribute free, healthy meals to local  housing communities and organizations including the Mohawk Forest Apartments and Louison House. With support from their dining service provider, they will have three food recovery shifts, three meal prep shifts and one bi-weekly cooking class. CKWC is sponsored by the school’s Center for Learning in Action and will continue to expand their partnerships with other student groups on campus including The Garden: Williams Sustainable Growers.

“The Campus Kitchen team at Williams College is extremely excited to join a national network of people seeking to serve each other by alleviating hunger”, said CKWC Coordinator, Megan Maher ’17. “The Campus Kitchens Project provides a unique opportunity for us to collaborate with a variety of student and community groups who have already begun this work in our area. Not only will the Campus Kitchen help us coordinate and strengthen existing efforts, but it will also allow us to brainstorm new ways to expand our work, build relationships with new people, and connect more deeply with our local communities.”

Matt Schnarr, CKP’s Expansion and Partnership Manager, AmeriCorps VISTA, Eirann Cohen, Williams College Class of 2015 and DC Central Kitchen CEO, Mike Curtin, Williams College Class of 1986, spent two days in Williamstown, Massachusetts for the CKWC official launch, which included meetings with community members and student leaders as well as a meal prep and delivery shift. We are excited to add Williams College as our 60th Campus Kitchen as they help us to reduce food insecurity and prevent food waste!

Listen to Mike Curtin discuss the Campus Kitchen at Williams College launch on WAMC Northeast Public Radio!

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

Welcoming Shenandoah University as the 59th Campus Kitchen!

, February 10th, 2017

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The Campus Kitchens Project is excited to welcome Shenandoah University to our national network. The Campus Kitchen at Shenandoah University (CKSU) will work towards ending hunger in the Winchester 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.

With the launch of the program, the Campus Kitchen at Shenandoah will become the 59th Campus Kitchen to join the national network and the 14th school to focus its efforts on fighting rural hunger. The Campus Kitchen at Shenandoah is supported by a grant from CoBank, a national cooperative bank serving vital industries across rural America.

CKSU is sponsored by the school’s Center for Public Service and Scholarship, and is partnering with other on-campus organizations, including the Culinary Council, for volunteer recruitment.

With support from their dining service provider, Sodexo, CKSU will recover food from dining halls twice a week. Student volunteers will prepare 150-200 meals weekly and will deliver these meals to the Congregational Community Action Project.

“I cannot contain my enthusiasm to finally start the Campus Kitchen at SU!” said Shelby Ellis, student leader, class of 2018. “This project has been in the making since the Spring of 2015 and all of us here at Shenandoah are looking forward to identifying solutions for food insecurity in our community.”

Olivia Rogine, CKP’s Community Development Coordinator, spent the day in Winchester, Virginia 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 CKSU 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.

New Year’s Resolutions

, January 3rd, 2017

It’s a great time to reflect on the past year and think about goals for the upcoming year. We’d like to share some of our goals for 2017, but we need your help to get there!

1)    Grow Our Community! 
We were excited to welcome nine new schools to our network of hunger fighters in 2016, including our first community college, Casper College. Students at Casper College are addressing hunger on campus and serving the community where ~ 9,000 people face daily food insecurity. In 2017, our goal is to expand to more schools, especially community colleges, across the nation. Have any friends to refer?

2)    Fight On-Campus Hunger
2016 called attention to the growing issue of hunger on college campuses and highlighted schools that are already doing great work through on campus food pantries. In 2017, we want to continue to focus on combating food insecurity on college campuses by providing you with additional resources. Start by visiting The Campus Kitchen Pantry‘s Hunger on Campus section and stay tuned for more resources coming soon!

3)    Make the 2017 Food Waste & Hunger Summit Our Biggest and Best Yet!
This spring, the annual Food Waste & Hunger Summit will be bigger and better than ever! We are joining forces with Universities Fighting World Hunger to present Summit Squared at Walsh University in Canton, Ohio on March 24-25. Learn more about the Summit here! We want you to be part of this year’s Summit!  Apply to speak by January 20th, and pre-register for the Summit today and be the first to know when registration opens!

4)    Recover Our 7 Millionth Pound of Food
In 2016, our team of hunger fighters recovered our 6 millionth pound of food! The Campus Kitchen community has recovered food and created meals where there is need across the nation. Had it not been for the hard work and dedication of all our student volunteers, that food would have gone to waste. We are so proud of this amazing achievement, but the work doesn’t end there, let’s recover our next million pounds in 2017!

5)    Build and Grow our Community through the Campus Kitchen Center 
Many of you have done a great job getting involved on the Campus Kitchen Center this year (shout out to the Campus Kitchen at Baylor University for being the leader in total points!). If you haven’t gotten started, 2017 is a perfect time to start! The Center is a good way to connect with other Campus Kitchens within our network, including planning schools. As a current Campus Kitchen, this is a great opportunity for you to help new schools as they are shaping their own programs. You can also earn prizes and supplies, and may pick up a new idea or two that you can bring back to your own team! If you want to learn more about The Campus Kitchen Center, this webinar is a great resource!

We want to hear about your goals for 2017! Use #ckpresolutions to share your Campus Kitchen New Year’s Resolutions with us! We hope you are just as excited as we are about 2017!

Reflecting on our 3 Millionth Meal

, December 2nd, 2016

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This Thanksgiving, we are feeling especially grateful to be part of a movement– a growing network of hunger fighters, who not only care about bringing healthy meals to our neighbors who need them the most, but about building a more sustainable food system that values the food we produce and does not waste our precious resources.

Today, we reached a milestone: together, we have served over 3 million healthy, balanced meals. Together, we have ensured that hard-working families don’t need to worry about where their next meal will come from. That low-income seniors don’t need to choose between paying their heating bill and buying groceries. That children can focus on learning and not on an empty stomach.

And right now, at a time of year associated with eating a meal with family, Campus Kitchens are making sure that no one is left behind. In our “TurkeyPalooza” celebration, Campus Kitchens went above and beyond to provide a special meal for their clients, to make sure that Thanksgiving is a time when they know how much our students appreciate them.

Whether it’s the Campus Kitchen at Kent State University making 250 homemade pies to add to their 1,500+ meals, or the Campus Kitchen at UMass Boston enlisting the help of student athletes and academic departments across their campus to make an extra 250 take-home grocery bags, or the Campus Kitchen at Elon University partnering with their dining service to double their meal production from 800 to over 1600 meals, Campus Kitchens are always looking for ways to do more for their communities.

As we celebrate these achievements, large and small, we know that we still have an uphill journey ahead of us, and a commitment to fight hunger not only with meals, but also with effective programs that will break the cycle of hunger and poverty for good. But we can feel hope in knowing that we have paved a new way forward, and the road keeps getting wider as more and more people join the movement.

Welcoming Augustana College as the 58th Campus Kitchen!

, November 22nd, 2016

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Last spring, Augustana College 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 ELCA Word Hunger, the students and faculty at Augustana College have finalized their planning.

Today, Augustana College joined The Campus Kitchens Project with the official launch of their own Campus Kitchen. The Campus Kitchen at Augustana College is the 58th Campus Kitchen to join the national network. The Campus Kitchen at Augustana College is sponsored by the school’s CORE (Careers, Opportunities, Research and Exploration) office and is partnering with other on-campus organizations, such as Greek life, clubs and academic departments for volunteer recruitment.

With support from Augustana dining services, they will recover food from Gerber dining hall and also local grocery stores and food banks. They will prepare and serve 50 meals for students on campus, and eventually also provide meals to their on-campus pantry.

ELCA World Hunger is excited to support the work of the Campus Kitchen at Augustana College. For over 25 years, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has brought Lutherans and other people of goodwill together to fight hunger and poverty through ELCA World Hunger. ELCA World Hunger mobilizes nearly $20 million each year to support work of relief, education, advocacy, and sustainable development in over 50 countries, including supporting ELCA institutions like Augustana College.

Olivia Rogine, CKP’s Community Development Coordinator is spending the next couple of days in Rock Island, Illinois 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 Augustana College 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.

Meet Our Future Campus Kitchens

, November 14th, 2016

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The votes are in, and we are thrilled to welcome our future Campus Kitchens! From November 7-14, Austin Peay University, James Madison University, Northwest Arkansas Community College, University of Central Missouri and Williams College competed to see who could rally the most votes to win a grant sponsored by Cobank to start their own Campus Kitchen.

Thousands of votes were cast from students, alumni, school staff and supporters. The top three schools ultimately won grants 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!

 

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James Madison University, the school with the most votes, is excited to launch a Campus Kitchen so they can bridge the gap between campus and community and address hunger in the Harrisonburg, VA area. They are partnering with their Dietetics program to ensure that healthy meals will be created and distributed to those in need in their community. At the same time, the Campus Kitchen will give students a hands on experience to enhance what they are learning in the classroom.

Williams College students are hoping to have their Campus Kitchen become an umbrella organization for all the food insecurity work happening on their campus and in their community. They are excited to have the Campus Kitchen unite two campus-wide goals: experiential learning and sustainability. By bringing together students from multiple groups on campus, Williams is excited to combine their skills and passion to reduce food insecurity in North Berkshire County, MA.

Austin Peay State University is excited to continue to grow their service opportunities for their student body. The Campus Kitchen will be addressing hunger and food insecurity in their community and even on their own campus. They hope to improve the lifes of those in the Clarksville, TN community through strong community partnerships, strong support from many academic departments, political and community leaders, and dedicated students.

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.

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.

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.

Welcoming the first Community College to the Network

, November 10th, 2016

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In Casper, Wyoming, there are about 9,000 people that live with food insecurity every single day. At Casper College in Wyoming, the school’s dining facility produces more than enough food to feed their students. Seeing the need in the community for more food options, the students at Casper College today launched a Campus Kitchen to connect the excess food on campus to community members in need.

The student-led organization will turn wasted food into healthy, balanced meals for their community. With the launch of the program, the Campus Kitchen at Casper College will become the 57th Campus Kitchen and both the first community college to join the national network, and the first in Wyoming.

The Campus Kitchen at Casper College is sponsored by the school’s Nutrition Program. With support from Sodexo, the Campus Kitchen at Casper College will conduct food recovery shifts from the Sodexo Dining Hall three days a week. In the spring of 2017, the Campus Kitchen will expand to new donation partners on campus and in the community. Student volunteers will deliver all recovered food to the Casper Vet Center and the Casper YMCA.

“The issues of food waste and food insecurity touch all members of our community, and I’m excited to see Casper College students working to provide practical solutions to both problems,” said Dr. Kelsey Phillips, Project Director for the Campus Kitchen. “I am excited to blend the curriculum of the nutrition and environmental science programs with the service of the Campus Kitchen at Casper College, and believe that the CKCC will provide our students with valuable leadership opportunities that will prepare them for any career path.”

Olivia Rogine, CKP’s Community Development Coordinator is spending the next couple of days in Casper, Wyoming, 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 Casper College 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 Campbell University as the 56th Campus Kitchen!

, November 3rd, 2016

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Last spring, Campbell University 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 Sodexo, the students and faculty at Campbell University have finalized their planning.

Today, Campbell University joined The Campus Kitchens Project with the official launch of their own Campus Kitchen. The Campus Kitchen at Campbell University (CKCU) is the 56th Campus Kitchen to join the national network. CKCU is sponsored by the school’s Office of Community Engagement and is partnering with other on-campus organizations, such as Greek life, clubs, ministry groups, and academic departments for volunteer recruitment.

With support from their dining service provider, Aramark, CKCU will recover food from dining halls, their local Food Lion, and a local food pantry. Student volunteers will prepare 50-75 meals a week and will deliver these meals to students at Highland Middle School.

Matt Schnarr, CKP’s Expansion and Partnerships Manager is spending the next couple of days in Buies Creek, North Carolina 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 CKCU 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 University of Nebraska Omaha to the Network!

, October 27th, 2016

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Food waste is the number one contributor to landfill waste in Omaha, Nebraska, yet one in five children in Omaha don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Recognizing this huge disparity in where food ends up, the students at University of Nebraska Omaha started planning for a Campus Kitchen to serve the food insecure members of their community. Last spring, the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) 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 sponsored by Sodexo, the students and faculty at UNO have finalized their planning.

Today, University of Nebraska Omaha joined The Campus Kitchens Project with the official launch of their own Campus Kitchen. The Campus Kitchen at the University of Nebraska Omaha (CKUNO) is the 55th Campus Kitchen to join the national network. CKUNO is sponsored by the school’s Office of Sustainability and is partnering with the Office of Civic and Social Responsibility for volunteer recruitment.

With support from their in-house dining service provider, UNO Food Service, CKUNO will conduct food recovery shifts at catering events held in the Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, Monday through Friday. In the future, CKUNO will expand to include all events catered by UNO Food Service. Student volunteers will deliver all recovered food to Youth Emergency Services twice a week and expand to more days if it is warranted.

Olivia Rogine, CKP’s Community Development Coordinator is spending the next couple of days in Omaha, Nebraska 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 CKUNO 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.

15 years developing student leaders to fight food waste & hunger

, October 3rd, 2016

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The Campus Kitchens Project (CKP) is now on 54 high school and college campuses across the country. Just last year, student volunteers recovered over 1.3 million pounds of food. And, since 2001, student volunteers have prevented the waste of more than 6.1 million pounds of food to create 2.9 million meals. CKP teaches students to see wasted resources as a sustainable solution to community issues.

The first Campus Kitchen launched in 2001 at Saint Louis University. Since then, more than 50 schools have joined the growing national network, and more than 54,000 volunteers have passed through the program.

As an empowerment nonprofit that seeks to end hunger and food waste, 15 years of service alone is not a reason to celebrate. However, while the meals prepared by Campus Kitchen volunteers fight hunger today, the programs they create and the skills they develop address the underlying root causes of hunger in a way that fights hunger tomorrow. Through programming such as nutrition education classes, senior hunger outreach and community gardens, Campus Kitchens go beyond the meal to address access, isolation, and knowledge; key factors that perpetuate food insecurity. Fifteen years equipping student leaders with the tools and support to make a difference in their communities creates a lasting impact not just on the students, but on the future of food waste and food insecurity.

By learning how to recover food, plan meals, and run a community kitchen, student volunteers develop entrepreneurial and leadership skills that they will use long beyond their days in school. In a recent survey of committed student leaders, 95.8% agreed that the leadership skills they have acquired through the Campus Kitchens will make them more likely to find a job, and an equal number believe that volunteering with the Campus Kitchen will benefit their search for employment. What’s more, 100% of Campus Kitchen alumni and 97.2% of current students feel that they have contributed in a valuable way to their community.

This year, CKP seeks to engage even more students to cultivate the next generation of leaders. Join us in celebrating our 15 years of developing young leaders and raising individuals out of poverty by starting your own Campus Kitchen. To learn more about bringing our work to your school, visit www.campuskitchens.org/start-a-kitchen.

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