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Campus Kitchen

Campus Kitchens Project is an emerging leader in community service for students and a resourceful anti-hunger program in communities around the country, for us at Baylor University, Campus Kitchen Waco!

Campus Kitchens strengthens bodies by using existing resources to meet hunger and nutritional needs in our community; empower minds by providing leadership and service learning opportunities to students, and educatonal benefits to adults, seniors, children and families in need; and build communities by fostering a new generation of community minded adults through resourceful and mutually beneficial partnerships aming students, social service agencies, businesses and schools.

As students we develop partnerships, plan menus, run cooking shifts, organize drivers, garden and harvest vegetables, and teach nutrition education to children and families. Students keep tract of all the paperwork, organize and develop curriculum and recruit new students to get involved.

At Baylor, we empower thousands of students each year to recycle food from our dining facilities, turn these donations into nourishing meals and deliver those meals to our partner agencies in Waco. We also teach other students how to cook meals in already existing on-campus kitchens. The meals we make are healthy and hearty meals, which include vegetables from our campus community garden.

Community Garden

"It's not a garden for aesthetics. It's a teaching garden, a garden
that will serve the community; it's a garden that serves a purpose."

Smith Getterman, Sustainability Coordinator at Baylor University

Baylor Environmental Science Department, Family and Consumer Sciences and Community Engagement and Services were instrumental in the development and advisement of the Baylor Community Garden located at 9th and James near the Baylor campus. Campus and community partners are committed to relieving and ending local hunger through community urban gardens. A special focus has been placed on sustainable water-use technologies as sustainable technologies are being designed and tested by students at this site. Results produced will provide new interactive educational opportunities to train and assist other organizations with community gardens. Baylor’s Campus Kitchen Project maintains and harvests crops that help provide food for the hungry in Waco and surrounding areas.

Environmental Science student Devan Mayer is this year's community garden manager and was awarded with the Laird Student Volunteer Award for her hard work and dedication with Baylor Community Garden.

Community Garden