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