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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

About Campus Kitchen

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What is Campus Kitchen?


Campus Kitchen 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 between the Community Engagement Office in the Student Activities Office, and a combination of community partners. The program relies on student volunteers to see work accomplished.

The Campus Kitchens' 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 monetary donors provide the food and the dollars needed to sustain the initiative. It is collaboration and student leadership development at its finest!


How are kitchen processes managed?


Campus Kitchen operates in a kitchen at Crossroads Lutheran Church. 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 personnel typically are not involved with this program.


What are some of the outcomes?

Since it's inception in 2005, Campus Kitchen at Minnesota State University, Mankato has distributed over 80,292 meals and recovered over 136,215 pounds of food.


During 2016-17, 2090 meals were served to our neighbors throughout Mankato.

During 2016-17, 11,800 pounds of food were rescued from being sent to area land fills.

During 2016-17,  1,130 hours of service-learning were accomplished by students.

We are building a social infrastructure that connects neighbor to neighbor to address food insecurity.

We are a part of the solution that addresses sustainable solutions for residents within our community.

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