Student-Powered Hunger Relief

The Campus Kitchens Project and Sodexo create nutrition education curriculum for children

October 30, 2013 

Curriculum based on the MyPlate food guidance system

Washington, D.C.The Campus Kitchens Project, in partnership with Sodexo, has developed a nutrition education curriculum to empower kids to make healthier food choices and teach them how to prepare nutritious meals at home.

“We know we can’t end hunger with food alone,” said Laura Toscano, director of The Campus Kitchens Project. “So our student leaders develop innovative programs every day that will address the underlying root causes of hunger. This curriculum captures some of the best practices in nutrition education from Campus Kitchens across the country.”

The curriculum, which is available on The Campus Kitchens Project’s website, features six lessons inspired by the United States Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate food guidance system, and aims to educate children on healthy components of a balanced meal. Each lesson includes a preparation and materials section in addition to the core content, which itself is comprised of introductory, concept and food, and wrap up activities. In addition, each lesson is followed by a take home recipe that underscores concepts taught. The curriculum is intended for children age six to 12.

Volunteers from the Campus Kitchen at Northwestern University and Sodexo implemented the lessons this summer during Sodexo’s Feeding Our Future® program in Chicago. This unique partnership has provided local children with more than 282,000 nutritious meals since Feeding Our Future began in 1997.

Since The Campus Kitchens Project’s launch in 2001, Sodexo Foundation has funded the innovative non-profit and continues to support its expansion efforts, engaging more students in America’s fight against hunger. This nutrition education curriculum is a powerful representation of our partnership and our commitment to address the issue of childhood hunger in a holistic way.

“Sodexo Foundation’s work with The Campus Kitchens Project is central to our mission to engage and mobilize youth in the fight against childhood hunger in the U.S.,” said Robert A. Stern, chair, Sodexo Foundation. “By developing this new curriculum around nutrition, health and wellness, we are empowering young leaders with additional resources that help improve the quality of life for the 1-in-5 children who struggle with hunger.”

 

About The Campus Kitchens Project
Founded in 2001, The Campus Kitchens Project is a national organization that empowers student volunteers to fight hunger in their community. On 33 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. To learn more about our work or bring The Campus Kitchens Project to your school, visit www.campuskitchens.org.

 

Media contact
Linda Kurtz, Online Community Engagement Manager
The Campus Kitchens Project
(202) 789-5979 x107
lkurtz@campuskitchens.org

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