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Minnesota State’s unique Campus Kitchens project earns collaboration award
Minnesota State's unique Campus Kitchens Project has received a Planning Phase Collaborative Award from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation.
Minnesota State University, Mankato's unique Campus Kitchens Project has received a Planning Phase Collaborative Award from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation.
Campus Kitchens, coordinated by Minnesota State's Student Leadership Development & Service-Learning Office, was named one of the top five collaborative initiatives among 24 nominated for the award. The Minnesota State Campus Kitchens is one of only seven in the nation.
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation officials will present a plaque and a cash award for Campus Kitchens to Kelly Meier, student leadership director, at the organization's regional recognition luncheon in Owatonna Thursday, Oct. 6.
Campus Kitchens is a national collegiate program that distributes unused food to the hungry. Minnesota State will use about 150 student volunteers to collect prepared-but-unserved food, package it, and distribute it to needy area residents. The Minnesota State Mankato initiative is the nation's only rural Campus Kitchens project.
Meier's office recently received a $67,000, three-year grant to organize the Mankato Campus Kitchens program. She expects it to begin sometime next month.
In addition to providing a service for low-income residents, the program enriches the lives of student volunteers. Elements of the Campus Kitchens initiative are being used in the Minnesota State College of Business curriculum, and Meier is pursuing other curriculum partnerships with the departments of urban studies, social work and family and consumer science.