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February 25, 2013
Hillary John, @AARPmedia
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Campus Kitchens and AARP Foundation Team Up to Combat Senior Hunger
Student volunteers create solutions to feed aging communities
Washington, D.C. – With a rising senior population that already includes more than 9 million older Americans at risk of hunger, the Campus Kitchens Project (CKP) and AARP Foundation today announced a Senior Hunger Outreach Program that is designed to meet the challenge of reducing hunger and food insecurity among seniors. The program is made possible by a $148,500 investment from AARP Foundation and is part of the Foundation’s strategy to develop innovative, sustainable solutions to increase food security for older Americans.
The senior population is growing, and with it the need for new and creative support systems to tackle the problems of senior hunger. CKP operates 33 student-run kitchens on university and high school campuses across the country transforming unused food from dining halls, grocery stores, restaurants and farmer’s markets into free meals for those in need.
“CKP has never believed that we’ll simply feed our way out of hunger, and senior hunger is no exception,” said Laura Toscano, Director of The Campus Kitchens Project. “By using food as a way to interact with seniors in their communities, students in Campus Kitchens across the country are helping to improve their clients’ overall health and well-being.”
AARP Foundation’s contribution will allow 10 Campus Kitchens to increase their meal production, serving more than 4500 meals per month to nearly 1500 seniors by this time next year. As part of the grant, CKP students will also design nearly 100 programmatic initiatives engaging senior clients, ranging from nutrition education classes to hands-on cooking demonstrations.
“Far too many older Americans are struggling each day to put food on the table, which is one reason we wanted to team up with Campus Kitchens and bolster existing efforts to feed the hungry and foster the development of innovative mid- and long-term solutions,” said AARP Foundation President Jo Ann Jenkins. “Even more, engaging youth in such an important charge as senior hunger helps to connect the generations and cultivate future leaders on this crucial issue.”
Campus Kitchens’ focus will be to create programs that meet the unique challenges facing a growing senior population.
· University of Georgia– Athens, GA
· Gettysburg College – Gettysburg, PA
· The Campus Kitchen at Washington, DC - Washington, DC
· Elon University – Elon, NC
· Lee University– Cleveland, TN
· Marquette University– Milwaukee, WI
· Washington and Lee – Lexington, VA
· Kent State – Kent, OH
· St. Louis University– St. Louis, MO
· St. Lawrence University – Canton, NY
For more information on The Campus Kitchens Project, their new AARP Foundation-funded Senior Hunger Outreach program and other work being done by student volunteers, visit www.campuskitchens.org.
About The Campus Kitchens Project
Founded in 2001, The Campus Kitchens Project (CKP) is a national organization that empowers student volunteers to fight hunger in their community. On 33 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.
Thanks to the support of the AARP Foundation, Walmart Foundation, Sodexo, General Mills and the Corporation for National and Community Service, CKP continues to grow. To learn more about The Campus Kitchens Project, visit www.campuskitchens.org.
About AARP Foundation
AARP Foundation is working to win back opportunity for struggling Americans 50+ by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face today: housing, hunger, income and isolation. By coordinating responses to these issues on all four fronts at once, and supporting them with vigorous legal advocacy, the Foundation serves the unique needs of those 50+ while working with local organizations nationwide to reach more people, strengthen communities, work more efficiently and make resources go further. AARP Foundation is AARP’s affiliated charity. Learn more at www.aarpfoundation.org.