Student-Powered Hunger Relief

Thirty-seven leaders and two million meals

, August 12th, 2013

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Thirty-seven leaders from 19 Campus Kitchens around the country gathered in Washington, D.C. last week to participate in The Campus Kitchen Project’s annual Boot Camp, a three day training aimed at empowering student leaders to create innovative solutions to hunger.

While Campus Kitchen leaders spent lots of time learning ways to enhance the sustainability and programming of their operations, the biggest event of Boot Camp was cooking and serving The Campus Kitchen Project’s two millionth meal as a network. On the morning of Tuesday, August 6, our Campus Kitchen leaders gathered at the Campus Kitchen at Washington, D.C. to make baked chicken, roasted vegetables, salad, rice and blueberry peach cobbler for residents of Glover Park Village. While they prepared the meal, participants learned about food safety paperwork and its importance in all parts of the food recovery process, from food resourcing to serving. Chef Rock Harper from DC Central Kitchen demonstrated how to break down a chicken – something that many Campus Kitchens do around the holidays.

When the meal was complete, it was carried across the street to the Guy Mason Recreation Center, where Campus Kitchen leaders and residents of Glover Park Village shared an intergenerational meal. Also present were representatives from Sodexo, a long-time supporter of The Campus Kitchens Project, and Councilwoman Mary Cheh’s office.

The event was a huge milestone for these student leaders, who have delivered two million healthy meals to food insecure communities simply by using the resources already available on their campuses and in their communities. But at the same time, the event was decidedly not a celebration. The Campus Kitchens Project called the event “2 Million 2 Many” and used the opportunity to raise awareness of the issue of hunger. We know we can’t end hunger with food; and all of our leaders are committed to going beyond delivering meals to develop programs that address the underlying root causes of food insecurity.

For more pictures from the three days of Boot Camp, visit our set on Flickr.

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