Campus Kitchens at AU receives the Going Beyond the Meal Award

Above and BeyondThe Auburn University chapter of The Campus Kitchens Project attended the 2014 Food Waste & Hunger Summit in Chicago, Illinois on April 5-6, 2014.

The Summit represented 56 schools from 25 states, and out of all the chapters, Campus Kitchens at AU received the Going Beyond the Meal Award. The award recognizes the Campus Kitchen that demonstrates excellent “Beyond the Meal” initiatives in service to their community. Only 8 awards were given and Auburn was one of the recipients.

Going Beyond the Meal Award

This award recognizes the Campus Kitchen that demonstrates excellent "Beyond the Meal" initiatives in service to their community. “Beyond the Meal” initiatives are developed by the Campus Kitchen as a means to use food as a tool to bring people together; this includes nutrition education, community gardens, culinary job training education, farmers’ markets and SNAP outreach.

Recipient: The Campus Kitchen at Auburn University

Serving more than just meals is something that the Campus Kitchen at Auburn University has been striving to do since they began in 2011. Bringing the campus and community together as they continue to grow their program is one of their main goals. Realizing that the students they fed during the week oftentimes are not getting adequate meals on the weekend, they have grown their “Blessings in a Backpack” program to now provide meals every Friday afternoon to over 700 students so they can enjoy healthy balanced meals and snacks when they aren’t at school. CKAU is also actively involved in their on-campus food pantry, which helps serve student on campus who might also be in need of food. Always looking for other ways to contribute to their clients, CKAU is also planning to start a crock pot nutrition education cooking class for families in their community. Clearly, CKAU understands the impact of serving more than just a meal!

Last Updated: April 8, 2014