Community Kitchen seeks to integrate the campus and community to increase access to high quality and nutritious food through a multifaceted, innovative approach to alleviating food insecurity with an emphasis on rural Stearns county. Our meal-delivery program utilizes surplus food on campus and in the community as a catalyst for education, collaboration, and community action.
Community Kitchen envisions a mutually beneficial campus-community partnership that educates and empowers us to transform the current food system and mindset into one which comprehensively supports and nourishes our community.
Roots of CSB Community Kitchen
Certain parties within CSB, including the Office for Experiential Learning and Community Engagement and the Office of Sustainability, spent multiple years researching models of campus food recovery programs, including The Campus Kitchens Project and specifically Augsburg's Campus Kitchen. Augsburg's model encompasses a free food program, the community garden, the farmer's market, and food justice simulations, and its mentorship has been instrumental in the implementaion of CSB Community Kitchen.
CSB Community Kitchen currently partners with Casa Guadalupe Multicultural Community to provide congregate meals twice a week. Community Kitchen has also partnered with Simply Good Cooking through Reach Up, Inc. and Upward Bound through the congregate dining program. The CSB Community Kitchen strives to maintain a rural focus. There are a number of resources in St. Cloud available for people to access and receive a warm meal; however, in rural communities, access to healthy food and meals is more difficult to attain.
Resources - Food Waste and Hunger in the US
Over 40 percent of the food produced for consumption ends up in the landfill. In fact, the US alone wastes enough food to fill the 90,000-seat Rose Bowl stadium every day. That's an annual cost of over $100 billion. According to the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) if food waste were a country, it would rank as the third top emitter of CO2 after the US and China. And while these facts reflect an obvious inefficiency in our food system, 49 million Americans do not know where their next meal is coming from. It is estimated that there are 100 million missing meals each year in the state of Minnesota.
The juxtaposition of immense food waste and persistent hunger is puzzling, but Community Kitchen's effort focuses on strategically fitting these pieces together to transform the current system into one which comprehensively supports and nourishes our community.