Starting April 5, 16 Campus Kitchens across the country will kick off a week-long "Raise the Dough" fundraising challenge to benefit their local communities through hunger relief efforts. In support of student community service, The Campus Kitchens Project is sponsoring prizes up to $1,000 for students that raise the most money or involve the most individual donors through the online campaign.
Campus Kitchens use on-campus kitchen space and engage students as volunteers to prepare and deliver free meals to those in need. Programs are led by student leaders, who volunteer to plan menus, line up food donations, run cooking shifts, and organize food delivery.
"At our Campus Kitchen, we feed the community throughout the year with food that would have gone to waste on campus. But this fundraising challenge is a way for us to supply our pantry with staples that ensure those meals will be balanced and healthy," explains Jenny Bird, coordinator at the Campus Kitchen at Saint Louis University, a Raise the Dough participant and last year's runner-up in the competition.
From April 5 to April 12, Campus Kitchens will compete to see who can raise the most money for tools essential to their hunger-fighting efforts, including gardening supplies, insulated meal delivery bags, and fresh produce. Because they rely on donated food, students are able to stretch these dollars and create over 250,000 meals each year.
Participating Campus Kitchens include:
Individuals can donate online. Prize-winning kitchens will be announced April 13, 2013.