Every Thursday, Augsburg Campus Kitchen students package and deliver balanced meals to 50 seniors in our community. Thanks to a partnership between The Campus Kitchens Project and the AARP Foundation, we are excited to expand these meal deliveries and offer new programming, including nutrition education and themed community meals, to further combat food insecurity and anti-isolation.
This semester, sophomore Rhys Dilenschneider is leading these Thursday delivery shifts and working on nutrition education opportunities. For our first foray into nutrition education, Rhys created a handout explaining the nutritional components of a pumpkin/yam/chickpea patty that sophomore Hannah Thiry and cooking shift volunteers whipped up especially for seniors. Next on the horizon is a collaborative workshop, where Campus Kitchen leaders and seniors at Ebenezer Tower Apartments can share tips and techniques while learning to cook an easy meal together.
One of our newer community partners, Common Bond Communities Seward Tower West, is eager to bring more of their residents into this program. Already, they have 14 residents on a waiting list to receive meals. Because Rhys and the other Campus Kitchen student leaders are on a tight schedule doing deliveries between classes, we are looking for a few more volunteers before we can start serving our neighbors Seward Tower West. You can sign up here to join us on Thursdays from 11:20am – 1:30pm!
If you’re interested in helping us expand our outreach by volunteering or assisting with nutrition education, contact Allyson at firstname.lastname@example.org. And stay tuned to our facebook page or Twitter for more news from our work with seniors and other neighbors!
Whether you’ve been gardening for 50 years or you’ve never touched a seed in your life, we welcome you to join us this season in the Augsburg Community Garden! Since 2008, we have given students, staff, faculty, neighbors, and community organizations an opportunity to learn and grow their own fresh produce. The Augsburg Community Garden has four main goals: to provide a space for the community to come and learn together; beautify the neighborhood and campus; provide growing space for those without it; and to assist gardeners in providing themselves a healthy diet. If you or someone you know would like to be a part of this community this season, visit the Campus Kitchen website to learn more and apply for a plot.
The Campus Kitchen and Health Commons at Augsburg are looking for exceptional applications for a shared MN Health Corps VISTA – a full-time position from June 2015-2016. As the second year of a three-year VISTA assignment, this year will build on the work of the previous VISTA in making healthy food and healthcare available to all in and around the Cedar-Riverside. Goals for the year include increasing organizational capacity to provide health services and education, building community participation in the Augsburg Community Garden, and enhancing volunteer engagement with Campus Kitchen and Health Commons. A strong sense of organization, a bit of creativity, and Somali language skills are highly preferred. The priority deadline to apply is Friday, April 3rd, but applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, since interviews are being conducted on a rolling basis (starting immediately) until the position is filled.