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Campus Kitchen

Detroit Mercy Campus Kitchen logo
The Campus Kitchen at University of Detroit Mercy (CK) is student-powered food justice. CK provides students with real opportunities to apply things they learn in the classroom as they design and lead programs that promote equity and sustainability in the food system. As part of the Institute for Leadership and Service, Campus Kitchen student leaders coordinate multiple service opportunities each week that reduce the immediate effects and systemic causes of hunger and food waste. We are one of more than 60 affiliate chapters of The Campus Kitchens Project at colleges and universities around the country. 
2018 Impact

CK’s mission is to develop student leaders through thoughtful engagement with community-led initiatives that promote a more equitable and sustainable food system.

Three core beliefs drive our work: 

  • We need a more just and sustainable food system. Forty percent of the food that's produced in the United States each year ends up in the waste stream. In the city of Detroit, 48% of households lack consistent access to healthy, culturally appropriate, and affordable food. 
  • We believe that hunger and food waste are immediate and systemic problems that college students can help to solve. We work to alleviate the effects of these problems while educating ourselves about their root causes. 
  • We believe that it's a privilege to support positive change in Detroit's food system. Our city is internationally known for the inspiring leaders working to end injustices in the food system, many of whom are our neighbors. We're excited to learn from and support them.

Interested in getting involved with Campus Kitchen?

Visit our Volunteer Hub page for service opportunities.

Check out our Detroit Mercy Live page for upcoming programs, events, and fundraisers.

Thanks to the Ford Motor Company Fund, the Campus Kitchens Project, and our individual for their support. Our programs would not be possible without food donations from Metz Dining ServicesTommy's Smoothies and Snacks, and Western MarketWe are grateful to our the many organizations who collaborate with us on service and educational programs including the Princeton Street Block Club, Lakeridge Village, the Greening of Detroit, and a number of urban farms and gardens.

Service opportunities

Ford Mobile Food Pantry
Join us for a volunteer shift for service-learning, ELP credit, or fun.

Join the Leadership Team!

Campus Kitchen Leaders

If you're a Detroit Mercy student who feels passionate about food access, fundraising, event planning, health, or community development, consider applying to join Campus Kitchen's Leadership Team.

Email program manager Clara Gamalski for more information.

Connect with Campus Kitchen

Cooking at Lakeridge Village

Check out our Facebook and Instagram for updates.

And make sure to read our 2017 Annual Report

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