From January 20 to January 29, seven schools rallied thousands of votes from their students, alumni, staff and supporters to compete for a start-up grant to bring our program to their school. The votes are in, and we are excited to announce the five winners of our first ever launch grant video competition:
- Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis – 10,092 votes
- Southern Illinois University Edwardsville – 10,091 votes
- St. Peter’s University – 5,389 votes
- Georgia Tech – 5,361 votes
- University of Wisconsin-Green Bay – 4,847 votes
These five schools have each won a $5,000 grant sponsored by Sodexo Foundation to start their own Campus Kitchen by fall 2014. Seven schools in all qualified for this competition through our new 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 10 days, the competitors mobilized their supporters to vote for their videos through emails, hundreds of social media posts and even local news coverage.
A big thanks to the more than 42,000 individuals who voted, and congratulations to our winners!
Want to join our hunger-fighting movement? Join us April 4-6 for the Food Waste & Hunger Summit at Northwestern University. Registration opens February 1!