Titan Equity Nourish Network (TENN)

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Titan Equity Nourish Network (TENN) at University of Detroit Mercy fosters student and community collaboration for a more food sovereign Detroit. TENN provides students with real opportunities to apply things they learn in the classroom as they design and lead programs that promote equity and sustainability in the food system. As part of the Institute for Leadership and Service, TENN student leaders coordinate multiple service opportunities each week that reduce the immediate effects and systemic causes of hunger and food waste.


On Jan. 28, 2021, Campus Kitchen celebrated its 10th anniversary and chose a new name that fits our work and mission: Titan Equity Nourish Network (TENN).  

Titan: We are proud to be Titans. Community collaboration ignites our students and nourishes growth through meaningful service opportunities and educational engagement. 

Equity: We strive for a food system that is grounded in equity because equality does not equate to justice. Through mutually beneficial relationships with our community, we seek to examine and remediable the root causes of food and environmental inequity.

Nourish: We nourish bodies, relationships, minds and the earth. While nourishment can be acquired through food, we also nourish through community engagement, education, and sustainable practices. 

Network:  We are privileged to be a part of a greater network. In collaboration with Detroit Mercy staff, faculty, and students, community partners and campus neighbors, we work together for a more food sovereign Detroit.

2020 Numbers & Reflections

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Mission of TENN

The mission of TENN is to develop student leaders through thoughtful engagement with community-led initiatives that promote a more equitable and sustainable food system.

Three core beliefs drive our work: 

  • We need a more just and sustainable food system. Forty percent of the food that's produced in the United States each year ends up in the waste stream. In the city of Detroit, 48% of households lack consistent access to healthy, culturally appropriate, and affordable food. 
  • We believe that hunger and food waste are immediate and systemic problems that college students can help to solve. We work to alleviate the effects of these problems while educating ourselves about their root causes. 
  • We believe that it's a privilege to support positive change in Detroit's food system. Our city is internationally known for the inspiring leaders working to end injustices in the food system, many of whom are our neighbors. We're excited to learn from and support them.

Interested in getting involved with TENN?

Want to be a leader who helps plan our great programming on and off campus? We are looking for students to join our Leadership Team and participate in any of our four committees: Urban Agriculture, Food Recovery Network, Healthy Neighborhoods, and Sustainability. Want to participate in volunteer opportunities? We are also always looking for volunteers for our many service opportunities, including Friday food deliveries and urban agriculture work days. Interested in participating and hearing more about our events and opportunities? Fill out our interest survey here or reach out to us by email at tenn@udmercy.eduCheck out our TENN calendar here to view and sign up for upcoming programs, events, and fundraisers


Thanks to the Ford Motor Company Fund, the Sisters of St. Joseph Congregation, and our individual and organizational donors for their support. Our programs would not be possible without food donations from Metz Dining Services, Gleaners Community Food BankAvalon Bakery and Western Market. We are grateful to our the many organizations who collaborate with us on service and educational programs including the Princeton Street Block Club, Lakeridge Village, Xavier University's Immersive Learning, and a number of urban farms and gardens.

Recurring Events: 

Produce Deliveries - Fridays, 10 am - 1:30 pm - Deliver fresh fruits and vegetables to our neighbors on Princeton Street.

Garden Service - Wednesdays 8 am - 10 am late March - October - Work in our campus garden.

Food Fest Planning Meeting - Wednesdays 6 - 7 pm - Interested in helping to plan Food Fest, our largest fundraiser and a celebration of food culture on campus? Send us an email at tenn@udmercy.edu to join the Food Fest planning team.

Events Coming Soon:

Movie Screening with Black Student Union - Wednesday 2/16 7-9 pm - Join TENN & BSU for a screening of Best Man Holiday in the Ford Life Science Building, Room 113.

Bingo Night with Princeton Street Block Club - Wednesday 2/23 5-8 pm - Join TENN & our neighbors on Princeton Street for black history month themed virtual bingo. 

Food Fest - Tuesday 3/1 - Friday 3/4 - A celebration of food culture and Detroit Mercy, Food Fest will include virtual cooking meet-ups with cultural student organizations, a raffle for goodies from local businesses, and cooking classes from local chefs.

Immersion Day with University Ministries - Sunday 3/20 - Join University Ministries & TENN as we explore food justice in Detroit.

Check out our calendar of events for more happenings, sign-up links, and further details. 

Service Opportunities & Events

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Join us for a volunteer shift for service-learning, ELP credit, or fun. Check out our calendar of events below for service opportunities and links to sign up, or email us at tenn@udmercy.edu to be added to our listserv and receive updates about events and opportunities. 

Check out our events calendar

Join the TENN Team

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If you're a Detroit Mercy student who feels passionate about food access, fundraising, event planning, health, or community development, fill out the link below to get more involved with TENN. 

Fill out our interest survey to join our team

Connect with TENN

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Check out our TENN Facebook page and TENN Instagram for updates.

And make sure to read our 2020 Annual Report