The Campus Kitchens Project (CKP) is a national organization that utilizes existing on-campus kitchen space and locally donated excess food to create free meals for those that need it within the community. CKP is an outreach arm of D.C. Central Kitchen, with a mission to bring a similar model to communities across the country, working through high schools, colleges, and universities.
“Student-Powered Hunger Relief” is stamped across the top of the CKP website, noting the desire to bring in community change powered by food and the next generation. Currently, 49 schools across the county are part of CKP, and one look at their Twitter stream showcases student faces and major community impact. Starting a CKP at an institution is not an overnight process, and requires major support in terms of space, sponsoring programs, and student initiative and support.
Currently in Virginia, five higher education institutions have student-led teams with CKP to combat community hunger. George Mason University, The University of Virginia, The College of William & Mary, Virginia Tech, and Washington & Lee University have all partnered with on-campus dining and other local food establishments to raise hunger awareness and feed their community. James Madison University, located in Harrisonburg, is also on the path to a partnership with CKP. Adrienne Griggs, an alumni and campus employee, is the major reason JMU is considering hosting CKP.
A passion for food, sustainability, and community led Adrienne to investigate Campus Kitchens. She fully believes that a university like JMU in size and scope could have a bustling kitchen and a major impact on the Harrisonburg/Rockingham community.
To learn more about Campus Kitchens Project, visit them at www.campuskitchens.org. Interested in helping CKP get started here in the Valley? Contact Lauren at Laurena1 [AT] vt.edu, and I’ll get you in touch with Adrienne!