Student-Powered Hunger Relief

Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee University wins governor’s award

, June 11th, 2013

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School is out, the sun is shining (for the most part) and the air is filled with the possibilities only summer time can bring. But if you think our Campus Kitchens take an extended vacation this time of year, think again.

The Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee University (CKWL) in Lexington, Va., started summer with a bang when they were presented the Outstanding Educational Institution Volunteer Program award for 2013 by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell earlier this month. Our own Emily Warner and Angelica Tillander, seniors who have been volunteering with CKWL since their first year of college, accepted the award on behalf of the group. The award recognizes exceptional volunteer service in Virginia.

Jenny Davidson, the coordinator of student service learning at Washington and Lee, is thrilled about her students’ success. “I am so proud of the work that our students do every day in our local community to eradicate hunger, empower others to make nutritious choices and develop meaningful relationships with our clients.  The award from the governor’s office reinforces these accomplishments and is well deserved!”

Since CKWL began in October 2006, students have served 131,328 meals, recovered 297,147 pounds of food and logged 23,653 volunteer hours. So far this year, CKWL has served nearly 14,000 meals. They will keep working towards hunger eradication all summer long by continuing nutrition education classes, cultivating their on-campus garden and, of course, delivering meals to Lexington residents.

CKWL is just one example of a kitchen making an impact year round. So all summer, we’ll be highlighting the great work our kitchens are doing to combat hunger – which never takes a break – in their communities.

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