Campus Kitchen at Washinton and Lee

The mission of The Campus Kitchens Project is to use service to strengthen bodies, empower minds, and build communities. At the Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee (CKWL), we combat hunger and promote nutrition by recovering and reusing food that would otherwise go to waste into balanced meals for low-income members of the community in Rockbridge County. Volunteers also develop valuable relationships with clients. We seek to educate our students through providing opportunities for leadership; engaging a distinctive population in our community; initiating new nutrition programs in the community; promoting awareness of nutrition and hunger issues; stimulating research on nutrition, hunger and the means to solve them; and attending national conferences with Campus Kitchen participants across the nation. Although Campus Kitchen provides meals locally, its effort to educate students has national and global significance.

Contact: Chloe Doto '16

Constitution

History of Organization

The Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee is an affiliate of the Campus Kitchens Project. It was started when Ingrid Easton '06 brought the idea back to campus after an internship with DC Central Kitchen. Easton piloted the program in spring 2006 and CKWL officially started in September 2006. 

Mission Statement

The mission of The Campus Kitchens Project is to use service to strengthen bodies, empower minds, and build communities. At the Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee (CKWL), we combat hunger and promote nutrition by recovering and reusing food that would otherwise go to waste into balanced meals for low-income members of the community in Rockbridge County. Volunteers also develop valuable relationships with clients. We seek to educate our students through providing opportunities for leadership; engaging a distinctive population in our community; initiating new nutrition programs in the community; promoting awareness of nutrition and hunger issues; stimulating research on nutrition, hunger and the means to solve them; and attending national conferences with Campus Kitchen participants across the nation. Although Campus Kitchen provides meals locally, its effort to educate students has national and global significance.

Requirements for Membership

Any student is welcome to volunteer; there is no fee for participation.

Benefit to Washington and Lee University and the Surrounding Community

CKWL is a leadership and service opportunity for W&L students. CKWL works in the local community to address food insecurity. Currently Feeding America's Map the Meal Gap tool identifies over 4,000 folks as food insecure in the Rockbridge area (county, Lexington and Buena Vista). CKWL serves over 1,000 clients each month.

Organization of Leadership

The Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee was founded by students in 2006, and each shift is run 100% by students. The Student Leadership Team for the Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee is responsible for the day-to-day operations of CKWL, recruiting new volunteers, and developing outreach programs to the Rockbridge Community. The responsibilities of the Leadership Team include but are not limited to:

  • Serving as a go-to member of the W&L community for Campus Kitchen needs
  • Being an advocate for hunger relief in Rockbridge County, both on campus and off
  • Participation in CKWL special events
  • Minimum commitment of 3 hours per week
  • Prompt and thorough completion of shifts
  • Being a part of at least one sub group committee to help with big picture planning, and attending a monthly meeting
    • Youth Outreach
    • Rural Outreach
    • Kitchen Management/Cooking
  • Campus and Community Outreach
  • Attendance at trainings and meetings
  • Volunteer recruitment and management 

Ideal Qualities in LT Members include:

  • Flexibility
  • Creative thinking 
  • Willingness to go above and beyond assigned tasks

As the roles of CKWL LT are imperative to the function of the kitchen as a whole and therefore the relationships to the clients we serve, we have instilled a shift policy. Missing 3 or more shifts without appropriate communication and attempts to find a replacement far enough (min. 3 days) advance will result in the termination of the role as a CKWL Leadership Team member. Applications for leadership are accepted in December (as needed) and in March.