Auburn University students competing to ‘Raise the Dough’ for local hunger relief

AUBURN UNIVERSITY –Students with the Campus Kitchen at Auburn University will compete against dozens of Campus Kitchens at other universities in a “Raise the Dough” online fundraising challenge Feb. 21-28 to benefit their local communities through hunger relief efforts.

Campus Kitchens programs will compete against one another to raise the most money for tools essential to their hunger-fighting efforts. The challenge is hosted by The Campus Kitchens Project, the national organization that works with students and schools to recover food and fight hunger at all Campus Kitchens across the country. To support these efforts, $2,500 in prizes will be awarded to Campus Kitchens that raise the most money or involve the largest number of individual donors through their online campaign. This is the first year Campus Kitchens at Auburn University is competing in the national fundraiser with a goal to raise $1,000.

Individuals can support Campus Kitchen at Auburn University by donating online at http://www.razoo.com/story/Raise-Dough-For-Ckau beginning at midnight Friday, Feb. 21. Prize-winning kitchens will be announced by The Campus Kitchens Project on March 1.

“‘Raise the Dough’ will help increase the number of meals we create for our Auburn community,” said Christopher Patterson, intern with the Auburn University Department of Public Service and advisor to the Campus Kitchen at Auburn University.

Campus Kitchen at Auburn University uses on-campus kitchen space in the Village Dining Hall and Auburn Arena and engages students as volunteers to prepare and deliver free meals to those in need. Programs are led by student leaders who volunteer to plan menus, recover food that would have gone to waste on campus, run cooking shifts and organize food delivery to clients in the community. In addition, Campus Kitchen at Auburn University partners with local sponsors to provide the Blessings in a Backpack program, which provides lunches for students at several local schools with free and reduced lunch programs.

“The money and support we raise will not only help show the country how Auburn views and fights hunger on a world scale, but will also be used toward expanding our program to reach more than 650 individuals in our community each week,” said Campus Kitchen at Auburn University president David Kubik. “If 10 people donating a dollar each can feed a family, imagine how strong an impact a dollar given from each member of the Auburn family can make in our community. I feel like the general population views college students as self-centered people who don’t know what’s going on in the world around them, and I can think of no better way of proving that stereotype wrong than by raising money to fight hunger in our own community. In doing so, we help to support a national effort led by other college students who do the same.”

Founded in 2001, The Campus Kitchens Project is a national organization that empowers student volunteers to fight hunger in their community. On 34 university and high school campuses across the country, students transform unused food from dining halls, grocery stores, restaurants and farmers’ markets into meals that are delivered to local agencies serving those in need. By taking the initiative to run a community kitchen, students develop entrepreneurial and leadership skills, along with a commitment to serve their community, that they will carry with them into future careers. Each Campus Kitchen goes beyond meals by using food as a tool to promote poverty solutions, implement garden initiatives, participate in nutrition education and convene food policy events. To learn more about The Campus Kitchens Project, visit www.campuskitchens.org.

(Contributed by Nicole Nabozniak.)

Contact: Nicole Nabozniak, The Campus Kitchen at Auburn University, (865) 414-9356, (CKAU@auburn.edu), or Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999, (clardch@auburn.edu)