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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

About Campus Kitchen

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/activities/kitchen/about/

What is The Campus Kitchen Project?

The Campus Kitchen Project (CKP) is a groundbreaking initiative that brings colleges and universities together with student volunteers, on campus dining service professionals, and community organizations to combat hunger in cities across the United States.

Who administers the program?

At Minnesota State University, Mankato, the program works as a partnership among University Dining Services, the Student Activities office, and a combination of community and university entities, including student-run service organizations, university service learning programs, and community agencies.

The Campus Kitchens Project's national headquarters in Washington, DC provides ongoing consulting services to each Campus Kitchen.

Who makes this happen?

People just like you!  Students and community collaborators work closely with project staff to recover and prepare food that becomes the meals we serve.  Restaurants and other monitary donors provide the food and the dollars needed to sustain the initiative.  It is collaboration and student leadership development at it's finest!

How are kitchen processes managed?

Campus Kitchen operates in a kitchen one of our residential facitilities.  It is licensed with the Minnesota Department of Health and managed by staff who have been ServSafe Certified and are Licensed Restaurant Managers.  All regulations regarding food flow and service are implemented.  University Dining Services collaborates closely with project staff and assist as needed by mutual agreement.  University Dining Services

What are some of the outcomes?

More than 6,000 meals are served to our neighbors throughout Mankato each year!

More than 7,000 pounds of food are rescued from area land fills each year!

More than 3,000 hours of Service Learning are provided to students throughout the calendar year!

We are building a social infrastructure that connects neighbor to neighbor to solve a problem!

We are a part of the solution that reduces food insecurity for residents within our community!

We are creating a community of care that is preparing students today to lead tomorrow!

Shift your passion into action.  Volunteer or donate today!