We have some really great news! Back in November we asked all of our supporters to help our friends at Fayetteville State University fight hunger by watching a short video and voting for them in the Campus Kitchen Project’s grant competition. Well, your support paid off because they were one of the schools awarded the $5,000 grant! You can read the official press release about the contest and program below.
Congratulations to Fayetteville State on a well deserved award!
Video competition sponsored by CoBank supports three schools with the most votes to launch a Campus Kitchen
The Campus Kitchens Project, the leading national nonprofit empowering students to fight hunger and food waste, today announced Fayetteville State University was one of three schools to win a launch grant video competition. From November 2 through 9, three universities from across the country competed in an online video competition to win a $5,000 grant sponsored by CoBank to start their own Campus Kitchen that would provide free, nutritious meals to food insecure individuals by using donated food that would otherwise go to waste.
The top three schools with the most votes for their video and who will go on to launch their own Campus Kitchen are:
- Arkansas Tech University – 2,763 votes
- Baldwin Wallace University – 2,183 votes
- Fayetteville State University – 947 votes
CoBank was so impressed by the quality of the videos that they decided to give Arkansas Tech University a bonus $1,000 for receiving the most votes.
In order to qualify as one of the finalists for the competition, students from around the country submitted a video explaining why their community would benefit from a Campus Kitchen.
At each Campus Kitchen nationwide, students lead efforts to combat food waste and hunger by collecting surplus food from community gardens, restaurants, and grocery stores and transforming it into healthy meals. In the last academic year, 45 Campus Kitchens across the country rescued more than 972,664 pounds of food and served 310,948 meals to 15,418 clients.
Founded in 2001, The Campus Kitchens Project is a national organization that empowers student volunteers to fight hunger and food waste in their community. On 49 university and high school campuses across the country, students transform unused food from dining halls, grocery stores, restaurants, and farmers’ markets into meals that are delivered to local agencies serving those in need. By taking the initiative to run a community kitchen, students develop entrepreneurial and leadership skills, along with a commitment to serve their community, that they will carry with them into future careers. Each Campus Kitchen goes beyond meals by using food as a tool to promote poverty solutions, implement garden initiatives, participate in nutrition education, and convene food policy events. To learn more about our work, visit www.campuskitchens.org.
Founded in 1867, FSU is the second-oldest public institution in North Carolina. It offers nearly 60 degrees in the arts, sciences, business, and education at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. It serves a student body of more than 6,100 students and has a faculty and staff of approximately 800.
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