TROY - The Campus Kitchen at Troy University recently received the Community Impact Award at the Food Waste and Hunger Summit held at the University of Arkansas.
The Community Impact Award honors a Campus Kitchen that has made "a measurable impact on food insecurity in their community and has put in the effort to track their outcomes."
TROY's Campus Kitchen was honored for making an impact through not only their meals but the numerous other programs they provide to their clients. One of its goals has been to increase the Kitchen's capacity to provide supplemental nutrition.
The Kitchen was recognized for starting and sustaining three community gardens in Troy and nearby cities, planting fall and summer gardens, and giving volunteers further opportunities to interact with the community. It has also provided nearly 7,000 meals to those in need.
"We are honored to be recognized for our efforts to address hunger in Pike County," said Jonathan Cellon, coordinator of learning initiatives at TROY. "This recognition is a product of the tireless efforts, initiative and creativity of our student leaders, and would not have been possible without our amazing student volunteers."
The TROY Campus Kitchens program was noted for making "a profound impact on their community through not only their meals but the numerous other programs they provide to their clients," including three community gardens in Troy and nearby cities and nutritional and gardening educational programming for youth and older adults.