UW-Green Bay students to launch Campus Kitchen to address hunger, food waste

On Saturday, May 3, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will join The Campus Kitchens Project network and launch the Campus Kitchen at UW-Green Bay, a student-run organization that will provide free, healthy meals to Green Bay residents by using donated food that would otherwise go to waste. With the program’s official status, UW-Green Bay will be one of 36 schools — and only the third in Wisconsin — that are part of the national network.

“The student leadership team has been working hard over the school year planning for this moment,” said UW-Green Bay student Kate Bodart. “We are so excited to see our planning come to life. We are very grateful for the support of the College of Professional Studies, the Social Work Professional Program, A’viands Dining Services and the community who voted for us in the grant competition. This support has made the Campus Kitchen at UWGB a reality.”

At each Campus Kitchen nationwide, students lead efforts to combat food waste and hunger by collecting surplus food from dining halls, community gardens, restaurants and grocery stores and transforming it into healthy meals. The Campus Kitchen at UW-Green Bay, sponsored by the office of Social Work Professional Programs, is the third Campus Kitchen in Wisconsin and the second in the University of Wisconsin System, joining the Campus Kitchen at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Volunteers with the Campus Kitchen at UW-Green Bay will initially serve the nearby Fort Howard Apartments, 141 N. Chestnut Ave., Green Bay, and plan on adding additional client agencies during the fall semester. Its Saturday, May 3 launch will serve residents lunch at 11:30 a.m.

“We are delighted to welcome the Campus Kitchen at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay into our growing national network,” said Laura Toscano, director of The Campus Kitchens Project. “The students and staff at UWGB have done an incredible job of working together to get ready for their launch. It’s truly exciting to see their vision become a reality with the help of our online planning tools, dedicated support staff, and a $5,000 grant from Sodexo Foundation.”

UW-Green Bay is one of seven universities that participated in the first-ever Campus Kitchen launch grant video competition sponsored by Sodexo Foundation in late January. A diverse group of campus representatives created a video explaining why their community would benefit from a Campus Kitchen and rallied thousands of supporters to vote for their video. By the end of the competition, UW-Green Bay received more than 4,800 votes and won a $5,000 grant to bring The Campus Kitchens Project to campus.

The Campus Kitchen at UW-Green Bay will conduct cooking shifts in UW-Green Bay’s dining services kitchen and will initially recover food from A’viands campus dining service. It will work in conjunction with NEW Community Shelter.

In the last academic year, 33 Campus Kitchens across the country rescued more than 404,000 pounds of food and served 279,680 meals to 9,365 clients. The media contact for The Campus Kitchens Project is Linda Kurtz, (202) 847-0225 or lkurtz@campuskitchens.org.

About The Campus Kitchens Project

The Campus Kitchen Project
Founded in 2001, The Campus Kitchens Project is a national organization that empowers student volunteers to fight hunger in their community. On 36 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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You voted, the community wins: UW-Green Bay earns Campus Kitchens grant

The votes are in and UW-Green Bay is officially a Campus Kitchens Project winner! Spearheaded by the Feeding the Hungry and Reducing Waste student organization, in conjunction with the Social Work program, the UW-Green Bay bid earned enough online votes for a $5,000 Campus Kitchens grant. The money will be used to facilitate a system that will take quality leftover UW-Green Bay food that would otherwise go to waste and distribute it to those who need it most in our community. We’ll bring you more on this great initiative as it unfolds. For now, thank you to everyone who voted, and congratulations to those involved! For more and more.

Campus Kitchen effort gets airtime on WBAY

The voting was scheduled to remain open until 12:01 Thursday morning for UW-Green Bay to earn a $5,000 startup grant through the Campus Kitchens Project, a nationwide initiative designed to reduce food waste and address the issue of hunger in local communities. WBAY, Channel 2’s Kristyn Allen came to campus Tuesday (Jan. 28) to do a story on the UW-Green Bay effort, which is being spearheaded by the Reducing Waste and Feeding the Hungry Student Organization and the University’s Social Work program. See WBAY story.

 

Reminder on Campus Kitchens vote-off

The UW-Green Bay student organization Feeding the Hungry and Reducing Waste (FHRW) is in the midst of a video competition for a sizable grant. The money would help FHRW students afford essential kitchen equipment, food safety training, shelf-stable pantry staples, and much more needed for their ambitions of making UWGB a strong affiliate of the Campus Kitchens Project. Individuals can view and vote for FHRW’s video once daily, from each device until Wednesday (Jan. 29) at http://www.campuskitchens.org/uwgb/. Anyone interested in learning more about the nationwide Campus Kitchens Project can visit http://www.campuskitchens.org/mission/.

Reminder: Your votes needed for Campus Kitchen Project contest

Here’s a quick and friendly reminder to vote early and often (once a day, anyway) for UW-Green Bay to advance to the next stage of the Campus Kitchen Project competition. As we told you here before, representatives from the UW-Green Bay Social Work program are working with the Feeding the Hungry and Reducing Waste student organization to bring a branch of the Campus Kitchens Project to UW-Green Bay — and they need your help. The Campus Kitchens Project partners with high schools, colleges and universities to share on-campus kitchen space, recover food from cafeterias and engage students as volunteers who prepare and deliver meals to the community. UW-Green Bay is a finalist in the competition for a $5,000 start-up grant, and needs your vote to advance to the next phase. You can check out (and share) the UW-Green Bay video on the project (visit http://www.campuskitchens.org/videos/) and vote once daily through Wednesday, Jan. 29. For more info on the program, visit www.campuskitchens.org.
 

Vote early and often, to feed the hungry

UW-Green Bay slipped to fifth place Wednesday in online voting for a $5,000 grant to establish a Campus Kitchens operation here. Students, administrators and Social Work faculty member Sarah Himmelheber are hoping to create a UWGB chapter of the nationwide movement in which meals for the hungry are created using donations and leftover product from campus food services. See our previous post.

Your vote counts: UW-Green Bay seeking $5,000 Campus Kitchens prize

Representatives from the UW-Green Bay Social Work program are working with the Feeding the Hungry and Reducing Waste student organization to bring a branch of the Campus Kitchens Project to UW-Green Bay — and they need your help. The Campus Kitchens Project partners with high schools, colleges and universities to share on-campus kitchen space, recover food from cafeterias and engage students as volunteers who prepare and deliver meals to the community. UW-Green Bay is a finalist in the competition for a $5,000 start-up grant, and needs your vote to advance to the next phase. You can check out (and share) the UW-Green Bay video on the project (visit http://www.campuskitchens.org/videos/) and vote once daily through Wednesday, Jan. 29. For more info on the program, visit www.campuskitchens.org.

‘Let’s Bring the Campus Kitchens Project to UW-Green Bay!”

That’s the message from Sarah Himmelheber and friends. Himmelheber, a faculty member in the Social Work Professional Program, is promoting the idea of bringing a program called Campus Kitchen Project to Green Bay. CKP is a nationally networked food rescue and redistribution program currently operating on 33 campuses including two in Wisconsin. CKP encourages the next generation of leaders to implement innovative models for combating hunger, developing food systems, and helping communities help themselves. Local chapters partner to share on-campus space, recover food from cafeterias, and engage students as volunteers who prepare and deliver meals to the community … all meant to supplement and expand the area’s existing array of food pantry, sustainability and feeding options. If you’d like more info, contact Himmelheber in the Social Work suite on the third floor of Rose Hall, or at ext. 2346, or himmelhs@uwgb.edu, or, better yet, plan to attend the following:


What: Campus Kitchen Planning Meeting(s)
When: Friday, April 12th at 4pm AND Tuesday, April 30th at 5pm
Where: MAC 204 (same location for both dates)
Who: Students, faculty, staff, EVERYONE!