Student-Powered Hunger Relief

Student Support Pitch

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Why are students important? 

  • Students are the backbone of any Campus Kitchen
    • they provide the physical man power to run the daily kitchen operations
    • they generate the big picture ideas that make the Campus Kitchen more than just a feeding organization
    • they learn the basics of non-profit management and organizational structure

Where should you find students to be involved? 

  • Oftentimes, student groups or clubs that are focused on service are looking for more service opportunities.
  • Reach out to your office of service or civic engagement to see if they know of students or groups that might be interested.
  • Finding students involved in student government or those well-connected with your community service office is very useful.
  • Reach out to active students early on and get them involved in the process of planning your Campus Kitchen.
  • Think about what got you interested in The Campus Kitchens Project. Was it food sustainability and other environmental concerns? Culinary arts? Working with the community? Students sharing these various interests may also find engaging with a Campus Kitchen to be worthwhile.
  • Approaching professors who teach in those various academic fields to get their classes involved can also be a good start.
  • You can also always just do general recruiting of the student body, by advertising the Campus Kitchen through campus news mediums.

How can students be involved? 

  • One-time volunteer
  • Weekly volunteer
  • Shift captain- student leads a food recovery, cooking or delivery shift once a week.
  • Leadership Team (LT) member- the LT is a the group of students that guides the Campus Kitchen. Each LT is divided into positions that focus on specific areas of the Campus Kitchen. (Kitchen operations, volunteers recruitment, fundraising/finances, marketing/PR, Partnership development/outreach, nutrition programming, etc.)
  • Student coordinator- the student coordinator(s) is the leader of the Campus Kitchen and is responsible for overseeing the LT.

What are the expectations of a student leader? 

  • When planning for the Campus Kitchen:
    • Work with the sponsoring office and dining services to plan the Campus Kitchen logistics
    • Recruit more students for the LT and general volunteers
    • Meet with community partners
    • Meet with on-campus partners
  • Once the Campus Kitchen has launched:
    • Attend weekly LT meetings
    • Leading at least one shift per week
    • 1-year commitment to the LT
    • Individual assigned responsibilities

What do students gain from working with the Campus Kitchen?

  • Meaningful volunteer opportunities on and off campus
  • Marketable skills and experience
  • Connection on campus and in the community
  • Leadership skills
  • Nonprofit management skills
  • Fundraising/budgeting skills
  • Grant writing experience
  • Ability to track data
  • Volunteer management skills
  • Event planning skills
  • Partnership development abilities

Printable student support pitch:

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