Campus Kitchen - Second Food Prep Area
Who are we?
The Campus Kitchen at Saint Peter’s University, established in September 2014, is a community service program that seeks to save food that would be wasted from dining halls, cafeterias and grocery stores, and creates nutritious meals for those struggling with hunger. In the United States, 40% of all food is thrown out, yet 1 in 6 Americans is food insecure. Because of the generosity of our donors and the hard work of our students, the Campus Kitchen at Saint Peter’s University served 10,113 meals in its first year. Erich Sekel, associate director of campus ministry for community service, supervises this student-led program.
What is our goal?
Due to the overwhelming success of the program and its continuing expansion, we wish to create a second kitchen work space for meal preparation in a former CCD classroom in St. Aedan's: the Saint Peter's University Church. Currently, each week we deliver meals directly to low-income families and homeless shelters. In addition, we continue to gain new food donors and thus more food. Added space would allow us to serve more meals in the community.
Our $5,000 goal will allow us to begin renovations in the space featured below, adding the necessary plumbing and a portable island. Should we reach $7,500, we would like to add additional counter space along the perimeter of the room and purchase another food warmer. In the event we reach $10,000, we are thinking of a second stove so that we may be able to prepare more meals.
In Pope Francis’ homily for the general assembly of Caritas Internationalis, he said, "The planet has enough food for all, but it seems that there is a lack of willingness to share it with everyone." As a Jesuit, Catholic university, we have an obligation to serve those most in need. People who face hunger on a daily basis are presented with a major obstacle to success. Any task or issue set before a person is much more difficult to face when hungry. Your gift will help us continue our vital work in combating hunger in Hudson County, and allow us to expand so that we may reach more people in need.