CSB+SJU Community Kitchen

What is Community Kitchen?

Community Kitchen is a student run service organization dedicated to making positive social change and addressing pressing social justice issues.  We rescue excess food from our on-campus dining services and serve it to people in our community experiencing food insecurity.  We depend on volunteers for our continued operation so please learn more, reach out, and sign up to join us!  Community Kitchen is a student program housed within the CSB and SJU Sustainability Office.

Resources - Food Waste and Hunger in the US

Over 40 percent of the food produced for consumption ends up in the landfill. In fact, the US alone wastes enough food to fill the 90,000-seat Rose Bowl stadium every day. That's an annual cost of over $100 billion. According to the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) if food waste were a country, it would rank as the third top emitter of CO2 after the US and China. And while these facts reflect an obvious inefficiency in our food system, 49 million Americans do not know where their next meal is coming from. It is estimated that there are 100 million missing meals each year in the state of Minnesota.

The juxtaposition of immense food waste and persistent hunger is puzzling, but Community Kitchen's effort focuses on strategically fitting these pieces together to transform the current system into one which comprehensively supports and nourishes our community.