University Relations

WHAT:     University of Nebraska at Kearney will initiate a new approach to addressing rural hunger and student leadership development with the opening of the Campus Kitchen at University of Nebraska at Kearney. The Kearney program is the Campus Kitchen to follow the student-run model and is the first Campus Kitchen located in Nebraska. UNK will join 10 other schools that are part of The Campus Kitchens Project—a national network of leadership development and hunger relief programs. Kearney students will prepare and deliver 100 meals a week to the homes of low-income families and the elderly, which they expect to expand to 200 weekly meals within a year.

WHEN:     Thursday, Aug. 31, 4—6 PM

Photo and interview opportunities available at all activities.

4:00 – 4:30 PM     Welcome
—Remarks by UNK Professor Dr. Peter Longo.
—Recognition of campus and community supporters.

4:30 – 5:00 PM     Guest Speakers
—Remarks by (in order): student organizer Marty
     Demoret, Chancellor Doug Kristensen,
     NU President James B. Milliken.

5:00 – 5:40 PM     Campus Kitchen LIVE
—Cooking demonstration with Chancellor and
     President and Chartwells Dining Services.
—Explanation  of program by CKP Director
                 Karen Borchert

5:40 – 6:00 PM     Closing by Dr. Peter Longo

WHERE:     Atrium in the Nebraskan Student Union
         1013 West 27th Street, Kearney, Nebraska

CKUNK is part of a national student development and hunger relief organization, The Campus Kitchens Project. The Campus Kitchens Project is a student-driven initiative on campus where high school and college students recover un-served food from dining services, use school cafeterias to prepare meals, and deliver those meals to low-income youth, seniors, families, and community-based agencies. The mission of The Campus Kitchens Project is to strengthen bodies, empower minds, and build community.

The Campus Kitchen Project started operations in October 2001. To date, The Campus Kitchens Project includes 10 Campus Kitchens, has rescued more than  420,000 pounds of food, served more than 400,000 meals, engaged volunteers in more than 58,000 service hours,and graduated 67 adults from CKP’s Culinary Job Training program.