(Casper, Wyo.) - The Casper College Nutrition program, under the leadership of Kelsey Phillips, Ph.D. will launch a Campus Kitchen at Casper College
The college became an affiliate partner of the Campus Kitchens Project
following participation in a national grant competition to win one of three
$5,000 grants to launch a kitchen, said Phillips, environmental science
instructor at Casper College.
“May 2-9, we competed against three, four-year, selective enrollment
schools. This win is certainly something to be proud of,” she said, adding,
“We are thankful to everyone who supported us and voted every day.”
According to Phillips, The Campus Kitchens Project builds a student-run
kitchen on campus whose purpose is to recover unserved food, and then
repurpose it into healthy balanced meals, which are provided to local
individuals who are experiencing food insecurity.
Food is donated to the Campus Kitchen at Casper College from Sodexo Dining
Services. Other organizations can also donate un-served food.
“Sodexo Dining Services at Casper College will donate kitchen space for the
Campus Kitchen at Casper College and nutrition students will plan and
construct meals that align as closely as possible to the current Dietary
Guidelines for Americans. The $5,000 grant provides us with the money
needed to purchase supplies, food-safety training for volunteers, and for
the eventual distribution of the meals. We are especially thankful to the
Wyoming Food For Thought Project, which has been a great partner in
organizing efforts,” noted Phillips.
Casper College students Tom Myler and Kassi McPherson, each of whom will
receive stipends to continue the planning process this fall, assisted
Phillips, who pushed the grant proposal effort forward.
Founded in 2001, The Campus Kitchens Project is a national organization
that empowers student volunteers to fight hunger in their community. On 53
university and high school campuses across the country, students transform
unused food from dining halls, grocery stores, restaurants, and farmers’
markets into meals that are delivered to local agencies serving those in