“Wake Up to Food Week,” March 15th-19th, was sponsored by Campus Kitchen to promote local and sustainable eating. The capstone events for the week were the viewing of the film FRESH, Robert Egger’s talk on “The Business of Healthy Food for All,” as well as the launch of the new season of planting in the Campus Garden.

The viewing of the film FRESH, took place Tuesday night in Shorty’s. The event was standing room only, as students came out to enjoy not only the great film but also the locally sourced food that Shorty’s has to offer.  On Thursday night, Robert Eggers, the founder and president of both DC Central Kitchen and the original Campus Kitchen on Wake Forest’s campus, addressed about 100 students as he discussed “The Business of Healthy Food for All.”

Campus Kitchens, a food recycling organization that was started in 1999 as a student-run organization called “Homerun,” is based upon the simple idea of putting “unused” food to good use: making well-balanced meals for the most needy of the community. As student promoter Andy Ronan stated, “Eggers encouraged students to think outside of the box when trying to solve issues such as poverty and hunger. He encouraged our generation to redefine the non-profit sector and to create a voice for the non-profit community, which makes up about a tenth of our nation’s economy.”

Students are welcomed and encouraged to volunteer for Campus Kitchens or the Campus Garden. Visit the Campus Kitchen webpage for more information.

Kathleen Pritchard, Communications and Outreach Intern