Tyler Tripp, September 9th, 2016
The Campus Kitchens Project and good culture® partnership will help us all eat good things
Campus Kitchens has partnered up with organic cottage cheese makers good culture for the new school year to continue creating even more meals and fighting hunger. Each time you purchase a cup of good culture, 1% of that sale goes to help The Campus Kitchens Project.
The Campus Kitchens Project empowers students to fight hunger and food waste in their communities by recovering food from dining halls and creating balanced and nutritious meals. In this past school year at 53 Campus Kitchens, student volunteers recovered over 1.3 million pounds of food and created nearly 350,000 meals.
During the semester, a steady stream of student volunteers contribute to these efforts; however, during the summer break it becomes more challenging for student-led programs to sustain their critical work. In fact, summer is a time when the need is highest, as students who typically receive free or reduced price lunch in school are at risk of not receiving these meals while they’re out of the classroom.
Our Campus Kitchens have built relationships with their community volunteers to help fill this gap and remain open during the summer. Across the country, volunteers from 32 Campus Kitchens stayed at their school, making sure their Campus Kitchens were still recovering food, cooking healthy meals and delivering to their clients. And they have had an astounding impact throughout the summer months.
In June and July, over 2,200 volunteers served more than 9,700 hours with their local Campus Kitchen. During this time, volunteers recovered 151,570 pounds of food, and transformed it into 65,780 nutritious meals. These meals were then served to more than 1,500 clients in the surrounding communities at almost 300 partner agencies. Of these meals served, over 24,000 meals were distributed to youth clients.
Not only did our Campus Kitchens work hard to provide the meals their clients need, but they also went beyond the meal to address the root causes of hunger in their communities. Student leaders at the Campus Kitchen at Troy University hosted a backpack program, which provides weekend meals to children to address food insecurity at home. And student leaders from the Campus Kitchen at the University of Georgia hosted a Food Waste Fiasco event, in which local organizations gathered to discuss solutions to food waste in the community.
Thanks to our new partners at good culture, we’ll be sharing best practices, resources and trainings to help ensure all of our Campus Kitchens are able to keep running year-round. good culture is the maker of Organic Cottage Cheese made with real ingredients, no additives, promotes good health and tastes great. We love good culture’s philosophy: if you eat good things, and surround yourself with good, you’ll feel good. We’re proud of our students for their commitment to fighting hunger in their communities no matter what the season, and we’re thankful to have good culture to help make this happen.