Baylor University Campus Kitchen to Celebrate First Anniversary by Serving Others on MLK Day of Service

Jan. 15, 2010

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Baylor students to honor legacy of Dr. King by providing meals for HOT Urban Garden Coalition

Baylor University Campus Kitchen (BUCK) will celebrate its first anniversary on Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, as Baylor students prepare, assemble and deliver hundreds of box lunches to volunteers with the Heart of Texas Urban Gardening Coalition on Monday, Jan. 18.

On Saturday and Sunday, BUCK student volunteers will begin preparing the lunches at the BUCK kitchen in the Mary Gibbs Jones Family and Consumer Sciences Building on the Baylor campus. They will assemble and deliver the lunches on Monday morning.

Baylor University Campus Kitchen is one of only 20 Campus Kitchens in the United States and the first - and only - Campus Kitchen at a Texas university. The resourceful anti-hunger program allows students to recover unserved food from university dining halls, turn these donations into nourishing meals and deliver those meals to the people in the Waco area who need it most. BUCK gives students an opportunity to develop leadership skills and serve others, while building relationships with those in poverty throughout the community.

Since celebrating its grand opening Jan. 19, 2009, on MLK Day of Service, Baylor student volunteers with Baylor University Campus Kitchen have:

    • Rescued 3,030 lbs of food
    • Supplied 4,000 meals
    • Provided 2,382 hours of volunteer service

The mission of Baylor University Campus Kitchen is to use service as a tool to:

    Strengthen 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 educational 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 among students, social service agencies, businesses and schools.

Media contact: Lori Fogleman, director of media communications, (254) 710-6275

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