Campus Kitchen's partnership with ARAMARK has allowed the university as a whole to form a better partnership with the community. Almost zero food waste is achieved, and students are able to form relationships with volunteers, kitchen staff, and those they serve in the community along the way. ARAMARK plays a key role in Campus Kitchen's operations because they proctor food handler exams and assist with special events. Future collaborations include a chef "cook off" and a culinary arts job-training program.
Campus Kitchens will collaborate with the Department of Environmental Science on urban gardening projects. The campus garden was approved in October of 2010 and Environmental Science faculty will serve on the gardening advisory committee. The garden has also been incorporated into class curriculum and should provide excellent experiential, discipline-based learning opportunities.
Family and Consumer Sciences allow Campus Kitchens to utilize its commercial kitchen facility. Without this generosity, CKP could not fully function. In addition to facilities, faculty assist in recruiting nutrition students and provide faculty perspective on nutrition education.
The Poverty Initiative was privileged to partner with Student Activities Service and Learning and the Campus Kitchens Project to host Baylor University's 3rd Annual Poverty Summit, entitled "Hungry for Justice". The three-day conference focusing on social, economic, and environmental issues stemming from poverty attracted over 300 students from 32 universities. From Oct. 8-10, 2010 participants from across the country were invited to discuss social concerns from governmental, corporate and nonprofit perspectives.