CKUGA wants to thank and congratulate all of our hard-working senior leadership team members on their graduation. Here’s their chance to recollect their contributions to Campus Kitchen and share what the future holds.
Where are you from? Douglasville, GA
What is your major? Dietetics, with a local food systems certificate
Where are you headed now? This summer, I’ll be in Oregon planning camps for grandparents and grandchildren. Then, I’ll be working with AmeriCorps in some capacity continuing to serve communities through nutrition education and food justice.
How has Campus Kitchen shaped your experience at UGA? It has made my last year at UGA the most impactful and memorable. I have loved my time working with Campus Kitchen because I’ve met so many awesome people who are changing this world, gained invaluable experience in my field and relating to my passions, and was able to serve Athens at the same time. Campus Kitchen at UGA has completely stolen my heart and I love this organization more than I could ever have imagined! Who knows, maybe my time working with The Campus Kitchens Project isn’t quite done yet.
A secret about yourself? I’m obsessed with trains! I secretly want to take a train tour of the US, but I have to become friends with a train conductor first because I want this tour to stop at every trestle because I also love train bridges.
Xanna has been an amazing addition to the leadership team and has been able to contribute in so many ways from meal planning to developing nutrition materials to cooking demos to designing the leadership retreat to SNAP outreach. No matter what she is asked to do, she gives it %100 and always has great results. She is passionate about what she does and truly is the model for what a leadership team member should be. Although we will miss her greatly I am really looking forward to all the amazing things she will undoubtedly accomplish outside of UGA. – Sarah Jackson, Program Coordinator
Where are you from? Atlanta
What is your major? History and International Affairs
Where are you headed now? Atlanta, for an internship with the Carter Center
How has Campus Kitchen shaped your experience at UGA? It’s such a unique organization in that there are so many different opportunities for volunteering, and there are so many awesome people who volunteer with Campus Kitchen. I really enjoyed being able to not only do bread pickups on the bike-cart, but also being able to harvest at the UGArden, as well as deliver meals, and sometimes even help cook. Being able to deliver meals was especially rewarding due to the fact that I was able to meet such kind, appreciative people struggling with hunger in Athens, and I was able to feel like I was truly making a difference. Deliveries really open your eyes to the serious poverty which grips many parts of Athens, and I think that without my experience through Campus Kitchen, I would never have come to understand the magnitude of this problem. That being said, I think that my time with Campus Kitchen has solidified my desire to continue to help those in need, especially with regards to hunger and food recovery, as I venture on into the world after college.
A secret about yourself? I wish that I was a professional golfer.
Jack is such a trooper. No matter what the request, I will always get a “roger that” and a helping hand. Not many college students would get up every single Wednesday morning even in the winter to do the bike cart route and pick up bread, but Jack sure did. One morning, I found him wearing a pair of tube socks on his hands because it was so cold and he didn’t have any gloves. While funny, this really does embody Jack–he is truly dedicated to our cause and will make our efforts happen no matter what. He will be very missed in the Garden, on the bike, and during deliveries. – Sarah Jackson, Program Coordinator