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Feeding Our Future

, August 13th, 2015

garden scavenger hunt (2)The Campus Kitchen at Northwestern University (CKNU) is one of the largest Campus Kitchens in the national network. Each summer, CKNU partners with Sodexo as part of their Feeding Our Future program. Through this partnership, CKNU increases their meal service in the summer months to provide meals to students who typically receive free and reduced-price meals at school and are now at risk for hunger.

In 1997, Sodexo launched Feeding Our Future in three cities (Chicago, San Francisco and Washington, DC) and served 25,000 meals in its first year.

CKNU fills the summer nutrition gap by working with the Feeding Our Future program to assist the local, food-insecure youth in the greater Chicago area.  Student volunteers at CKNU prepare meals for those in need during the summer months. This summer, volunteers served 17,996 meals, reaching about 740 youth. Some of the partner agencies that receive meals from CKNU include the Salvation Army, Asian Youth Services, Family Focus, Youth Opportunities Umbrella (Y.O.U.), Fleetwood Jourdain, La Casa Norte, Stand Up for Kids, Broadway Youth Center, and YWCA.

In addition to the Feeding Our Future program, CKNU also engages youth in nutrition education classes. CKNU goes beyond the meal by highlighting healthy eating and sustainable food systems through “Sowing Seeds for Healthy Kids,” a garden-based nutrition education curriculum and “Building Blocks for Healthy Kids,” a classroom-based nutrition education curriculum.

To learn how your organization can be involved, contact CKNU Coordinator, Samantha Warren at

To learn more about Sodexo and the Feeding our Future program, visit

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