From March 7 to March 14, two schools rallied thousands of votes from their students, alumni, staff and supporters to win a grant and start their own Campus Kitchen. The votes are in, and we are excited to announce the winners of our latest Launch Grant Video Competition:
Lindsey Wilson College – 1,627 votes
Westtown School – 1,395 votes
These two schools each won a $5,000 grant sponsored by AARP Foundation to start their own Campus Kitchen. AARP was so impressed by the quality of the videos that they are awarding an additional $1,000 to Lindsey Wilson College for receiving the most votes.
These schools qualified for this competition through our online Campus Kitchen Planner, which provides step-by-step guidance to any group interested in bringing our program to their campus. After completing several steps in the Planner, each competing school submitted a video explaining why their community would benefit from a Campus Kitchen. Then, over the past 7 days, the competitors mobilized their supporters to vote for their videos bolster the students’ efforts to bring a Campus Kitchen to new communities.
A big thanks to those who voted and congratulations to our winners! We are so looking forward to adding them to our growing network!
Want to join our hunger-fighting movement? Check out our upcoming grant opportunities to learn how you can secure funding to bring this program to your campus.
Can you imagine what you would do with four truckloads of recovered food? The Campus Kitchen at Kent State University (CKKent) was recently faced with just that question.
Last month, the local Trader Joe’s in the Cleveland suburb of Woodmere, Ohio, closed its doors for the final time. The popular grocery store chain was only moving a few blocks to a newly constructed location, but consistent with company policy, the store couldn’t actually move any of their food with them to the new location. Luckily, CKKent, which has been recovering bi-weekly from Trader Joe’s since 2012, was ready for the donation.
Four truckloads of bell peppers, sweet potatoes, chicken, and so many more assorted foods were recovered by CKKent student and staff volunteers. It took over 20 hours and around 60 volunteers to transport the items to the University’s Sodexo run Dining Services’ kitchen space made available to the Campus Kitchen by Sodexo. With these noteworthy additions to their freezer and pantry shelves, CKKent volunteers will be able to supplement their ongoing meal and food distribution programs in the months to come, helping over 1,000 of the community’s neediest residents receive balanced and healthy meals. The donation is also providing food for CKKent’s “Backpack” program, where children who get free or reduced-price meals in school receive food for themselves and family members to carry them through the weekend.
“Trader Joe’s has been a tremendous asset to KSU and the surrounding community. They have enabled us to engage students in social justice issues surrounding food insecurity and assisted us in creating the next generation of change agents while enabling us to provide more than 17,000 meals annually to those in need in the local community,” noted Ann Gosky, director, Office of Experiential Education and Civic Engagement at Kent State University and the Campus Kitchen advisor.
This record-breaking donation of recovered food will provide a plethora of nutritious meals and healthy snacks for many people in need in the community. This strong partnership with Trader Joe’s and the hours of hard work from volunteers is just one more example of how our students are endlessly fighting to end hunger.