In Service to our Community
Our incredible Campus Club kitchen staff have been busy since November of 2020 helping reduce hunger on campus and in the local community. Our kitchen alone prepares hundreds of meals each week for the local food insecure community, including UMN students! Partnerships with Swipe Out Hunger, Nutritious U Pantry, Boynton Health and the Second Harvest Heartland program Kitchen Coalition have made it possible for the Campus Club to join in this mission to fight hunger.
Since we started this effort, we have prepared:
• Over 100,185 meals just for UMN students experiencing food insecurity
• Over 236,475 meals for the local community in total
(Numbers updated 1/5/2024)
Your membership lets the Campus Club continue our mission of bringing people together and feeding the local food insecure community. If you'd like to offer support, become a member by clicking here or upgrade your membership by clicking here.
Click here to donate directly to Kitchen Coalition.
Kitchen Coalition: Ensuring every neighbor has a meal that’s right for them
Kitchen Coalition serves up culturally connected, freshly prepared meals and a whole new way to fight hunger. They know that not everyone facing hunger has the home, health, or ability to use the groceries offered by food bank. So, Kitchen Coalition has built a network of local restaurants and caterers who turn food bank ingredients into nutritious, freshly prepared meals. Then, trusted nonprofits get those meals to neighbors on a predictable schedule.
Originally called Minnesota Central Kitchen, this meals program launched in March 2020 as a crisis inspired initiative to rescue food from going to waste, re-employ furloughed restaurant workers, and get urgently needed meals to a growing community of people facing hunger. The power is in the partnerships, with everyone contributing their talents, operations and food to make things better for the entire community.
Kitchen Coalition Highlights:
They harness the power of their food bank network to source meal ingredients.
• 60% of the ingredients their restaurant and caterers use come from Second Harvest Heartland.
They invest in local restaurants and caterers.
• 80+ culinary workers are employed at 15+ partner kitchens.
They listen to what our neighbors want.
• 50% of Kitchen Coalition meals are made by BIPOC-led or owned restaurants and caterers.
They distribute meals to our community.
• 25,000 meals are distributed every week with 75+ distribution partners.