Student-Powered Hunger Relief

Food Waste & Hunger Summit

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The fourth annual Food Waste & Hunger Summit was March 24-25 at the Walsh University in Canton, Ohio.

Each spring, we host a Food Waste & Hunger Summit that brings together leading national nonprofit organizations and engaged students who are working to fight food waste and hunger, for a packed weekend of learning about advocacy, service and leadership.

This year, two nonprofit powerhouses in the fight against hunger and food waste teamed up to host their annual Summits at Walsh University. The Campus Kitchens Project and Universities Fighting World Hunger (UFWH) have 25 combined years of experience in mobilizing citizens — especially university students— to build a more sustainable food system. By co-locating these powerful Summits, with a wide range of multi-sector partners and influential speakers, attendees will:

  • Access broader networks of leaders, innovators and visionaries.
  • Receive more diverse training and learn about replicable best practices.
  • Engage in inclusive dialogues about hunger, food waste, sustainability, and social justice.

The combined 4th Annual Food Waste & Hunger Summit and the 12th Annual UFWH Summit presented Summit Squared at  Walsh University in Canton, Ohio on March 24-25.


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About The Campus Kitchens Project

Founded in 2001, The Campus Kitchens Project (CKP) is a national organization that empowers student volunteers to fight hunger in their community. On 60 university and high school campuses across the country, students transform unused food from dining halls, grocery stores, restaurants, and farmers’ markets into meals that are delivered to local agencies serving those in need. By taking the initiative to run a community kitchen, students develop entrepreneurial and leadership skills, along with a commitment to serve their community, that they will carry with them into future careers. Each Campus Kitchen goes beyond meals by using food as a tool to promote poverty solutions, implement garden initiatives, participate in nutrition education, and convene food policy events.

About Universities Fighting World Hunger

Universities Fighting World Hunger (UFWH) is a global higher education movement focused on educating, mobilizing and organizing students, administrators and faculty in the war against hunger. The innovative model was launched by Auburn University in 2004 in partnership with the UN World Food Programme (WFP). The movement has involved nearly 300 universities worldwide and includes three major activities:

  • Hunger awareness and consciousness-raising: knowing and caring about hunger
  • Advocacy: teaching students to become strong activists for causes in which they believe
  • Academic initiatives: including a Hunger Studies minor curriculum and relevant academic research, often in partnership with international organizations, such as WFP and FAO
  • UFWH is the only student movement that unites all academic disciplines – from agriculture to engineering and from business to communications – in the collaborative effort to solve hunger.

Questions? Please contact Laura Belazis at 202-847-0223 or lbelazis@campuskitchens.org.

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