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Partnership with University Dining

Campus Kitchen at Minnesota State University, Mankato partners with Dining Services to make use of surplus food on the campus. Our creative volunteers can make use of small and large donations of unserved, surplus food collected from campus cafeterias and catering operations.CKP Volunteers Packaging food

Our Campus Kitchen also works in partnership with other local donors such as food banks, farmers’ markets, restaurants, grocery stores, and other foodservice businesses to receive food.

Using a combination of prepared food from on-campus donations and food from these partners, Campus Kitchen can prepare and deliver hundreds of healthy and delicious meals each week.

Any food recycling program requires the highest standards of safety and sanitation, and we’re no different at CKP. While each Campus Kitchen and the agencies and individuals who receive meals are all protected by the Good Samaritan Act of 1996, CKP is diligent in its food safety standards and systems. All Campus Kitchen volunteers are well versed in all aspects of food safety and kitchen sanitation, including HACCP, proper food handling, time and temperature controls, and proper food storage. Since we share kitchen space with Dining Services, each Campus Kitchen is held to the same standards as any professional foodservice operation, and we strive to meet and exceed those standards to ensure that the food is collected and prepared carefully into safe, nourishing meals.


Minnesota State University, Mankato University Dining Services

Every day Campus Kitchen and University Dining collaborate to help feed the hungry in Mankato.  Currently there has been over 50,000 pounds of food recovered in 3 years!

Iron Chef CookOff University Dining also helped sponsor the National Campus Kitchens Project Conference and collected over 380 pounds of food for Campus Kitchen.  Each semester, University Dining, Student Events Team, Athletics, and Campus Kitchen also prepare an Iron Chef Cookoff  - check back for the date and time of the next Iron Chef!  Its delicious!

Local Website - University Dining at Minnesota State University, Mankato
National Website - Sedexho Cares: Campus Kitchens Project and Sedexho Foundation: Help Stop Hunger