Student-Powered Hunger Relief

Joining the Zero Hunger Challenge

, February 14th, 2014


Since October 2001, The Campus Kitchens Project has recovered 3,319,267 pounds of food that would have otherwise been thrown away, and used this food to serve 2,093,832 meals to people who might otherwise have gone hungry. But we know we can’t end hunger with food – not to mention by ourselves.

That’s why we’ve joined the United Nation’s Zero Hunger Challenge, a collaborative, comprehensive effort that aims to end hunger in our lifetime by ensuring that every man, woman and child enjoy their right to adequate food; women are empowered; priority is given to family farming; and food systems everywhere are sustainable and resilient. The Challenge is a global effort spearheaded by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and embodies his personal vision for ending hunger in the world:

  1. 100% access to adequate food all year round
  2. Zero stunted children less than 2 years
  3. All food systems are sustainable
  4. 100% increase in smallholder productivity and income
  5. Zero loss or waste of food

By joining the Zero Hunger Challenge, we commit to actively work towards the alleviation and eradication of hunger through our work in the United States. For our organization, this means focusing on the 1st and 5th principles of the challenge: ensuring access to adequate food and working towards zero food waste. In our rapidly growing network, our Campus Kitchens will continue to recover food from dining halls, farmers markets, grocery stores and other food suppliers to prevent food waste and feed hungry children, senior citizens and anyone in between.

Bring the principles of the Zero Hunger Challenge to your campus by getting involved in your Campus Kitchen – or by starting one at your school! Together, we can use existing resources like on-campus kitchens and passionate student volunteers to work with other organizations to end hunger in our lifetime.

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