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At the Campus Kitchen at the University of Detroit Mercy, our mission is to develop student leaders through thoughtful engagement with community-driven initiatives that promote a more equitable and sustainable food system. What does that mean? We know that there are serious injustices in our 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 also know that these problems are both immediate and systemic. We work to alleviate the immediate effects of hunger and food waste while educating ourselves about the economic, political, and social systems that create these problems. 
Lastly, we know that it's a privilege to be to work with food in Detroit. Our city is internationally known for its food system innovations. Inspiring leaders in the movement to end injustices in the food system are our neighbors. We love to learn from these leaders and support the work of the extraordinary organizations. 
Campus Kitchen's 2018 Leadership Team
We are one of more than 60 affiliate chapters of The Campus Kitchens Project, a national leader in community service for students and the future of hunger relief. We are the only Campus Kitchen in Michigan.
 
With CK, you can volunteer at urban farms and gardens, stop food waste in the cafeteria and in the community, and deliver fresh, healthy food to our senior-citizen neighbors in the community. Check out our volunteer and event calendar below to find out more about how you can get involved. We welcome volunteers from service-learning credit, participants in the Emerging Leaders Program, groups from student organizations, and interested individuals.
2017 Infographic

Thanks to Ford Motor Company, our individual donors, and our food partners MetzTommy's Smoothies and Snacks, and Western Market for your support. We are also grateful to our community partners Princeton Street Block Club, Lakeridge Village, the Greening of Detroit, and MoFlo Community Garden for their collaborative energy.

Get involved!

Ford Mobile Food Pantry
Join us for a volunteer shift recovering and delivering food, cooking a community meal, or helping out at a community garden.

Join the Leadership Team!

Campus Kitchen Leaders

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

Email Staff Coordinator Clara Gamalski for more information.

Connect with Campus Kitchen

Cooking at Lakeridge Village

Check out our Facebook and Instagram for updates.

And make sure to read our 2017 Annual Report

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