Why We Do What We Do
We believe that hunger and its underlying root cause of poverty is a serious problem and that the answer to that problem lies beyond food and hand-outs. The answer lies in strong leadership for large-scale systemic change. We believe we can find that kind of leadership in our nation’s schools, which are innovative laboratories containing the essential resources to study and solve the nation’s major social problems, including poverty and hunger.
The philosophy is simple: Teach. Reach. Feed. Lead. Our simple model teaches students about poverty, reaches the least fortunate in the community and those with the greatest ability to change the problem, feeds a changing and growing hunger need and asks young people to lead the effort with their own entrepreneurial solutions.
At The Campus Kitchens Project, we believe in cultivating leaders who will develop a national network of local solutions to the problem of hunger in our country. Our theory of change is this: if we give young people the ability to use the existing resources of their schools then they can create an effective national network of cooperative and adaptive anti-hunger programs, and in the process, develop as leaders for social change. We are student-powered hunger relief and so much more.
The mission of The Campus Kitchens Project is to use service as a tool to:
- Strengthen Bodies by using existing resources to meet hunger and nutritional needs in our community;
- Empower Minds by providing leadership and service learning opportunities to students, and educational benefits to adults, seniors, children, and families in need; and
- Build Communities by fostering a new generation of community-minded adults through resourceful and mutually beneficial partnerships among students, social service agencies, businesses and schools.