What We Bring to the Table (Our Value)
Below you will find all the resources, tools, and best practices that CKP provides all schools in the network for a $1,200 annual affiliate fee.
Full access to CKP program managers
Our staff brings over a decade of experience and expertise, whether it is assistance with physical program needs or guidance for program expansion. Each Campus Kitchen is assigned a program manager and an alumni advisor to assist them with their efforts.
The CKP network
Our network brings together like-minded students to act as incubators of new ideas and process. Affiliating with The Campus Kitchens Project allows you to join this evergrowing network of over 60 schools, 30,000 volunteers in 28 states to share ideas and spread the replication of best practices and innovation.
On-site set up visit and training
Once you’re ready to launch, a CKP national staff member will visit your new Campus Kitchen to help get you started.
Back to School Box
At the beginning of each school year, we send all of our schools a box loaded with materials, CKP swag and information to get you started for another successful year of operations.
Financial & In Kind Resources
CKP will provide in-house grant competitions for all Campus Kitchens in our network as well as connect kitchens with outside grant application opportunities.
Twice a year, our kitchens compete in fundraising events to help their kitchens grow. We provide online fundraising platforms and outreach materials.
Student Development & Trainings
Boot Camp is three days of intensive training where both planning and existing campus kitchens meet to share best practices and learn how to best operate a Campus Kitchen! The week includes a hands-on kitchen training, with an explanation of sample HACCP kitchen safety procedures. This is also a great opportunity to meet other Campus Kitchen leaders across the country to share ideas and connect in the fight against hunger.
Food Waste & Hunger Summit
Each spring, we host a Food Waste & Hunger Summit that brings together leading national nonprofit organizations and engaged students who are working to fight food waste and hunger, for a packed weekend of learning about advocacy, service, and leadership.
Once you’re up and running, you’ll have access to regular network chats/trainings with at least 12 relevant webinars a year covering a variety of topics including nutrition education, network events, volunteers and leadership teams, on-campus hunger and more.
Technology & Integrated Marketing Support
The CKP Center & Online Pantry
The Campus Kitchen Center is a platform for both planning and current Campus Kitchens. This tool enables you to complete actions, earn points and win CKP swag as well as connect with other volunteers and leaders across the network. The Center also draws from our online resource library, The Pantry. CKP has worked closely with dining services teams to design an approved HACCP paperwork system that will provide a guideline on how to maintain effective and safe procedure in the kitchen. In addition, tools such as a budgeting system help your Campus Kitchen run according to accepted nonprofit industry standards.
This platform enables you to manage your volunteers online from sign-ups to waivers and messaging.
This database will allow you to track all of your operations including pounds of food recovered, meals served, volunteers, volunteer hours, beyond the meal programming, and more.
We will create personalized logos, email addresses, and other marketing materials for your kitchen.
Social media support
We will help set up all necessary social media platforms to enable you to connect with your supporters, donors and volunteers. Your accounts will also be connected to our national social media accounts which can extend your reach and connect you with other Campus Kitchens around the country.