Gettysburg College opened its doors in November 2007 as the first Campus Kitchen in PA! The project was initiated by Louisa Polos '07 and is currently managed by the Center for Public Service and student Program Coordinators. Louisa first learned about The Campus Kitchens Project as a volunteer of DC Central Kitchen. She left inspired by the experience and wanted to start a program at her school, so she made it happen!
The mission of the Campus Kitchens Project is to use service as a tool to:
- Strengthen Bodies by using existing resources to meet hunger and nutritional needs in our community;
- Empower Minds by providing leadership and service-learning opportunities to students, and educational benefits to adults, seniors, children, and families; and
- Build Communities by fostering a new generation of community-minded adults through resourceful and mutually beneficial partnerships among students, social service agencies, businesses and schools.
HOW IT WORKS
- Rescue: Campus Kitchens rescues prepared, but unserved food, from Dining Services at Gettysburg College, local hotels, restaurants and caterers.
- Repackage: The food is repackaged and combined with additional foods procured through food drives, local farmers and the food bank, resulting in a well-balanced, nutritious meal. This process requires the highest standards of safety and sanitation.
- Deliver: Congregate and individual meals are delivered through partner agencies on a weekly basis. The delivery is accompanied by a visit, strengthening relationships in the community.
- Education: Meals and partnerships are coupled with nutrition education and to empower community members.
Nutrition, exercise and food justice awareness are key components of our education program. Our programs have included:
- GREEN GOODIES - Developed in 2008 and implemented tri-annually, this six week hands-on program teaches children gardening, nutrition and environmental matters.
- VIRTUALLY DELICIOUS - Partnering with The Center/El Centro in 2009, children enhance their computer literacy skills while learning about nutrition, participating in service and making presentations in the community.
- HEALTHY COOKING AND EXERCISE - Families involved in the Adams County Circles Initiative set goals, tour grocery stores with a nutritionist and participate in cooking and exercise demonstrations.