Augsburg College Campus Kitchen was founded in 2002, and is now the most comprehensive Campus Kitchen organization in the United States. Augsburg is one of only two colleges in Minnesota offering the program. Augsburg Campus Kitchens provides 18,000 meals annually to the surrounding neighborhoods, mostly derived from overages in Augsburg’s dining services–food that would otherwise go to waste.
Core Program Aspects:
1) Food to Share: Campus Kitchen provides free meals and healthy food through three different activities: meals created from the overages of the on-campus dining facility and served at neighborhood non-profits, produce gathered as donations from local farmers at area farmers markets and brought to local food shelves, and an on-campus food shelf that students in need can access from a student run food shelf
2) Food to Grow: The community garden provides 100 plots for organic gardening where neighbors and Augsburg students grow food.
3) Food to Buy: Campus Kitchen manages two farmer’s markets every Tuesday throughout the summer on the Augsburg Campus and at Brian Coyle Community Center.
4) Food to Know: Augsburg Campus Kitchens provides gardening, nutrition and cooking classes for neighborhood youth throughout the year.