Campus Kitchens Feeds the Hungry
Did you know that 18 percent of people in Lee County, Ala. are classified as food insecure? Food insecurity is defined as lacking access to a sufficient amount of nutritional food. The Campus Kitchens Project at Auburn University is working tirelessly to break this cycle of food insecurity and food waste.
Campus Kitchens is a student-run organization that recovers food that would otherwise be thrown away and gives it to those in need.
Your contribution will purchase supplies needed to package and deliver the meals as well as enable student leaders to attend the national Campus Kitchens conference. This conference affords us the opportunity to not only showcase the incredible work we are doing on Auburn’s campus, but to also learn best practices to increase our involvement in the war on hunger.
All of our work is done by a dedicated team of 28 shift leaders who guide volunteers through the recovery process. The recovery process includes: pick-up, packaging, and delivery.
First, we pick-up unserved food from campus dining halls and other community dining venues. Next, we package the recovered food into meals that are both delicious and nutritionally balanced. Finally, the individually packaged meals are taken to 13 community partner groups in the Auburn/Opelika area, including: children’s groups, elderly adults, low income families, Auburn students and more.
Campus Kitchens at Auburn University has a major impact on the local community. We recovered over 20,000 pounds of food and served more than 15,000 meals in 2017 alone.
Our work would not be possible without the support of donors like you, so thank you for helping Campus Kitchens fight food waste and eliminate food insecurity in the Auburn/Opelika community. Campus Kitchens is sponsored by University Outreach’s Office of Public Service.