Sodexo Foundation will grant $5000 to the school with the most votes to help fight senior hunger
April 27, 2016 – Casper, Wy – The Campus Kitchens Project, the leading national nonprofit empowering students to fight hunger and food waste in their communities, will host a launch grant video competition sponsored by the Sodexo Foundation. From May 2 through 9, four universities from across the country will compete to win a grant to start their own Campus Kitchen, providing free, healthful meals to those in need by using donated food that would otherwise go to waste.
Casper College has one week to rally supporters to vote for their video on www.campuskitchens.org. The top three schools with the most votes at the end of the voting period will win a $5,000 grant sponsored by Sodexo Foundation to launch their own Campus Kitchen. In addition to providing more meals in their communities, student-led Campus Kitchen chapters at these universities will create replicable programs that have the power to fix the root causes of hunger specific to their community. In order to qualify as one of the finalists for the competition, students from Casper College submitted a video explaining why Casper would benefit from a Campus Kitchen.
University of Nebraska, Omaha – Omaha, NE
Augustana College – Rock Island, IL
Campbell University – Buies Creek, NC
In the last academic year, student volunteers with Campus Kitchens across the country rescued more than 988,705 pounds of food and served 21,936 meals. The winner of the launch grant video competition will join 23 other Campus Kitchens that focus on fighting food insecurity among senior citizens, and more than 50 Campus Kitchens around the country working to fight food waste and food insecurity in their communities.
Since 2001, Sodexo and Sodexo Foundation have supported student-run The Campus Kitchens Project (CKP) in its mission to share high school and college on-campus kitchen space, recover surplus food from cafeterias and engage student volunteers to prepare and deliver meals to millions of community members.
About The Campus Kitchens Project
Founded in 2001, The Campus Kitchens Project is a national organization that empowers student volunteers to fight hunger and food waste in their community. On more than 50 university and high school campuses across the country, students transform unused food from dining halls, grocery stores, restaurants, and farmers’ markets into meals that are delivered to local agencies serving those in need. By taking the initiative to run a community kitchen, students develop entrepreneurial and leadership skills, along with a commitment to serve their community, that they will carry with them into future careers. Each Campus Kitchen goes beyond meals by using food as a tool to promote poverty solutions, implement garden initiatives, participate in nutrition education, and convene food policy events. To learn more about our work or bring The Campus Kitchens Project to your school, visit www.campuskitchens.org.
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