Thanksgiving, Turkeypalooza, and Give To The Max
Every Thanksgiving, Campus Kitchen celebrates the holiday with an initiative called Turkeypalooza where we serve hundreds of turkey meals to our neighbors, and gather the ingredients to do this from our friends on campus and beyond. This happens to coincide with Give to the Max Day on November 14th – a state wide day of giving where people donate to their favorite non-profits online. Many choose to donate money online rather than donate food for the Thanksgiving meals. A little bit more:
Give to the Max
Finnegans Beer and Community Foundation chose us as one of their Three Small Pints, small organizations working against hunger in creative ways. We met their $1500 match by raising $1835! Thanks to everyone who made this possible! Although there is no more matching and the big day is over, we need the support of our donors every day of the year. If you would like to contribute, you can visit the Give to the Max website and give anytime.
Donating for Thanksgiving meals
If you prefer to donate food items, here’s what we need: green beans, cream of mushroom soup, and french onions for casserole; stuffing mix; canned pumpkin mix or real ones; and potato flakes or real spuds. We are not collecting whole turkeys this year as it’s quite tricky to move, store, and cook that much raw meat. If you want to do a turkey, please select the $15 option on the Give to the Max page. Also, if we work with non-perishable items, anything we collect will go to the Campus Cupboard – the food shelf for students. In fact, feel free to bring in any additional food items as we can use this event as an opportunity to the fill the shelves! We’ll be collecting food in the Christensen Center Lobby on Thursday 11/14 and Wednesday 11/20 from 11 to 1 pm.
Cooking and Serving Thanksgiving meals
Making and serving all these extra meals will take a bit more work, and we can use some extra help. Below is the schedule, you can see the current status of shifts here, and sign up here.
Friday, Nov 15- Grand Opening for the Brian Coyle Gym (Dinner)
3 shift opportunities:
4:00-5:00 pm Brian Coyle set up
5:00-7:00 pm serving
7:00-8:00 pm Brian Coyle clean up
Thursday, Nov 21- Thanksgiving Meal Preparation
7:00-10:00 pm Prepare Thanksgiving dishes such as green bean casserole, stuffing, and pumpkin desserts for meals to serve in the community
Friday, Nov 22- Thanksgiving Meal at Ebenezer
5:30-7:30 pm Serve and eat a Thanksgiving meal with seniors at Ebenezer senior housing
Tuesday, Nov 26- Thanksgiving Lunches to Seniors in their Homes
11:30 am-1:30 pm Deliver cold Turkey lunches Meals on Wheels-style to seniors living alone at Ebenezer, Common Bond Communities, and in single-family homes
Tuesday, Nov 26- Thanksgiving Meal at Higher Ground Shelter
5:30-7:30 pm Serve a Thanksgiving meal to homeless adults
Friday, Nov 29- Post-Thanksgiving Meal at Ebenezer
5:30-7:30 pm Serve and eat a meal with seniors at Ebenezer senior housing
And now to move on to what we do all year long…
Campus Kitchen Overview
The Campus Kitchen at Augsburg College works to make healthy food accessible to all in and around the Cedar Riverside Neighborhood to provide for basic needs, service learning, leadership development, and genuine engagement between the college and the community. We have four components that all work to make learning happen though connections with food and the community:
Food to Share: 2,000 meals served each months by volunteers and service learners to youth programs, homeless shelters, seniors, and community centers. Most of the meals are created from the surplus food from A’viands\Augsburg Dining, some is prepared from scratch in our Campus Cooking Classes.
Food to Grow: Our community garden providing over 80 spaces for organizations and people from the neighborhood and campus to grow their own food and for the meal program
Food to Buy: Our two farmers markets on campus and at the Brian Coyle Community Center allowing local producers to provide for the nutritional needs of the community. Markets run on Tuesdays through the summer and accept EBT\foodstamps
Food to Know: Educational programming for college students, neighborhood youth, and others to make the connection between food, health, and the environment by developing cooking and gardening skills
Engagement looks different depending on the program. Follow the link to learn more about the free meals, community garden, farmers markets, and cooking and gardening classes.
History and National Network
Launched in October 2003, the Campus Kitchen at Augsburg is a unique partnership between Augsburg College, The Campus Kitchens Project, A’viands\Augsburg Dining Services, and local community agencies. It is a key component of the SABO Center for Citizenship and Learning, which works to strengthen and expand service learning, civic engagement, and experiential education on and around Campus. Augsburg was only the fourth campus to create a Campus Kitchen program, and today there are 33 around the country overseen The Campus Kitchens Project (CKP). The mission of The Campus Kitchens Project is to use service as a way to:
- Strengthen Bodies by using existing resources to meet hunger and nutritional needs in our communities
- Empower Minds by providing leadership and service-learning opportunities to college students, and educational benefits to adults, seniors, children, and families in need
- Build Communities by fostering a new generation of community-minded adults through resourceful and mutually beneficial partnerships among students, social service agencies, businesses, and universities