Campus Kitchen Tries to Raise the Dough | Community Spirit
Every month the Campus Kitchen at Gonzaga University serves around 3,000 meals to the Spokane community. This week they are competing with other Campus Kitchens around the country to see who can “Raise the Dough”. While the GU Campus Kitchen doesn't expect to win the competition, they are hoping their efforts will help them serve people better.
Campus Kitchen is an organization that utilizes left over food in colleges across the nation. GU is one of 33 locations and has been part of the origination since 2005. They work out of Cataldo Hall preparing meals for the homeless, low income seniors and after school programs. They serve weekly meals at Shalom and Pioneer Victor House. They also prepare weekly meals for the O'Malley Apartments, Cup of Cool Water, and Crossroads among others. Everyone at their weekly meals receives a hot meal and a meal to go.
Emily Paulson, CKGU's coordinator, works with a leadership team of eight students that coordinates the kitchen and weekly meals. She says that the program not only teaches them valuable leadership skills, but also empowers them the make a positive change in the world. Paulson says the experience is huge for GU students.
“As soon as you walk through the door everyone is equal,” Paulson says, adding that most of the students have never come face to face with the homeless until they volunteer with Campus Kitchen. In addition to meals, they offer outreach services. Spokane Mental Health and CHAS are available, and GU nursing students provide triage services to those who come.
Raise the Dough is a fund raising challenge that 17 of the Campus Kitchens are participating in. Currently CKGU is in seventh place. Paulson says that they don't expect to win the entire challenge, but instead are hoping to just have the highest number of donations. The CK with the most donations made are rewarded with an extra $750.
About three years ago AmeriCorps built a garden for CK and they have since added a small green house. Paulson wants to use the money they raise through the challenge to heat the green house. Last summer they were able to grow 1200 pounds of produce to use in their weekly meals. Paulson says that by heating the green house they could extend their growing season. She added that most the food given to the homeless are leftovers and that being able to provide them with fresh produce is really special.
The Raise the Dough Challenge ends tomorrow, April 12th. So far they have received $1,290, that's about $4,000 shy of the leading campus. Paulson thinks they can catch them if people are willing to forgo their lattes for a couple of days and make a small donation to serve others.
To learn more about Campus Kitchen at Gonzaga University visit http://www.facebook.com/CampusKitchenGU
To make a donation go to http://www.razoo.com/story/Raise-The-Dough-For-Ckgu-1