The Campus Kitchen is a hunger relief program that focuses on food recovery, eliminating waste, and building community. The program collects all of the leftover food from campus dining and utilizes student volunteers to re-purpose that food into healthy meals that get delivered to low-income senior housing, after school programs, and shelters in the Spokane community.
Since 2005 the Campus Kitchen has:
- Recovered 124,000+ pounds of food
- Grown 4,000+ pounds of produce
- Served 340,000 meals
The Campus Kitchen currently has 76 volunteers preparing and serving meals at Logan Elementary, The O’Malley Senior Center and Gonzaga Family Haven.
The dinner at Logan was started in October of 2018. At that time, Logan had the highest free and reduced lunch rates in Spokane County. The goals were to take some of the food security burden off families but also to build community between Gonzaga students, staff, and faculty, and our neighbors within the Logan neighborhood.
The Campus Kitchen strives to alleviate food insecurity in the Spokane community and prevent environmentally harmful food waste. Students learn the practice of accompaniment and the power food holds to bring people together.
"In our program, food is the vessel that brings us together in our humanity. It creates a space to sit with another person, to be with them and to love them for whomever they are no matter where they come from or what they have experienced."