The Campus Kitchen at Baylor University (CKBU) is a student-led organization whose work focuses on minimizing food waste and alleviating hunger in the Waco community. CKBU is an affiliate of the national Campus Kitchens Project and is one of 63 schools nationwide to run a Campus Kitchen. As one of two Campus Kitchens currently established in the state of Texas, CKBU is proud to work alongside other schools, organizations, and individuals to make a difference in the fight against hunger and food insecurity.
CKBU has student teams that recover food from on-campus dining halls and local restaurants, harvest fresh produce from the Campus Kitchen Community Garden, and prepare and deliver nutritious meals to local non-profits.
Since its establishment in 2008, CKBU has grown exponentially and continues to expand and affect the lives of many in the city of Waco. In 2017, CKBU volunteers recovered over 15,900 pounds of food from Baylor's on-campus dining halls and Panera Bread's Day-End Dough-Nation Program. This recovered food was transported to The Salvation Army Men's Center and Caritas food bank where it was used to help feed the hungry. Additionally, CKBU was responsible for cooking 150 fresh and nutritious meals each week to send to The Mission Waco Youth Center, The Cove, and The Family Abuse Center. Last year, the Campus Kitchen Community Garden harvested over 80 pounds of produce, all of which was used in the meals prepared by students in our weekly cooking shifts.
The Campus Kitchen at Baylor University is a great way for students to get involved on campus and to bridge the gap between Baylor and the Waco community in which we live. Visit our Get Involved page for information about our volunteer opportunities, and click here to sign up for our monthly newsletter!