Since a 2013 pilot project that collected 27,900lbs of produce from local farmer’s markets, Campus Kitchen has scaled back its gleaning efforts to focus on a partnership with the Mill City Farmer’s Market. Through its “Greens For Good” program, Augsburg students collect an average of 250lbs of donated produce from farmers each week and distribute it to elders at The Cedars senior apartment complex with support from the Cedar-Riverside Health Commons. Students and Health Commons ambassadors help elders, often East African and Asian immigrants, identify and think of ways to use fresh produce.
Any leftovers are then processed during a cooking class at Augsburg, led by students with volunteer support from incoming freshman in the TRIO/Summer Bridge program and other students. From kale/turkey meatballs to cucumber salad, the dishes prepared by students add much-needed freshness to our weekly meals with youth and seniors during the summer and fall. After the cooking class, extra produce is given to the Brian Coyle Center food shelf or Soup For You Cafe to be added to the incredible soup served daily at Bethany Lutheran Church.
To get involved with gleaning, email Allyson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or come find us around 12:30pm every Saturday at the Mill City Farmer’s Market or 1:30pm at 1627 Cedar Ave!