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Campus Kitchen at Detroit Mercy is a student-led non-profit organization working to develop compassionate and just student leaders who engage our community in combating food insecurity.

If you're interested in volunteering with Campus Kitchen, sign up for a shift on Volunteer Hub or contact us.

Campus Kitchen Volunteers at Bethune

Forty percent of food is wasted in the US each year. Yet, over one in five residents of Wayne County is food insecure, meaning that they lack access to enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle. At Campus Kitchen, we recover food from local grocery stores and restaurants and deliver it to people in our community who need it.

We believe that food insecurity and its underlying cause of poverty are serious problems. A new generation of community-minded servant-leaders can cultivate solutions. In addition to our food recovery and delivery operations, we run food-based outreach and education programs on campus and in the city.

Campus Kitchen at Detroit Mercy is one of sixty member organizations of The Campus Kitchens Project, a national network of college and university students promoting food justice in local communities. We are the first Campus Kitchen chapter in Michigan.

2015-16 School Year Infographic

Coming up in the 2017-2018 school year:

  • An on-campus food pantry​
  • A nutrition education program for elementary school kids
  • Door-to-door deliveries of fresh produce in Martin Park​
  • A hot meal service for middle schoolers
  • A series of meals and conversations at the community garden at Lakeridge Village​
  • Waste reduction on campus dining halls in partnership with Metz ​
  • A project to promote community engagement at community gardens in Fitzgerald

Join the Leadership Team!

Campus Kitchen Volunteers

If you're a Detroit Mercy student who feels passionate about food access, fundraising, event planning, or community development, consider applying to join Campus Kitchen's Leadership Team.

Email Campus Kitchen manager, Clara Gamalski, for more information.

Campus Kitchen Partners

Ford Mobile Food Pantry
We currently work with MetzWestern MarketLakeridge Village, and Princeton Street Block Club. Thanks for Ford Motor Company and our individual donors for your support.

Campus Kitchen's Annual Report

Connect with Campus Kitchen

Cooking at Lakeridge Village

Check out our Facebook and Instagram for updates.

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    Mission Statement

    Campus Kitchen at Detroit Mercy seeks to:

    • Maintain a robust food recovery and delivery programs within the 48221, 48203, and 48238 zip codes​.
    • Develop students as affirmative builders of a better society.
    • Represent the university in developing strong mutual relationships aimed at achieving food security in our immediate neighborhood​.
    • Empower students to sustain a viable non-profit organization.
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