Campus Kitchen Hosts Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, TurkeyPalooza

Each November, the Campus Kitchen at Wake Forest University hosts two signature events: Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week and TurkeyPalooza.

Throughout the week, Campus Kitchen will take part in a nationwide effort to bring greater awareness to the problems of hunger and homelessness. Various events will allow Wake Forest students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to engage in action and reflection around the complexity of hunger and homelessness in our community.

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is highlighted by the following events:

  • Thursday, November 14, 5-7 p.m. | Keynote Speaker: Amanda Hege | ZSR Auditorium
    Amanda Hege (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation) will kick-off Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week as she speaks about campus and community food insecurity. 
  • Friday, November 15, 6 p.m. |  APO’s Rise Against Hunger Meal Packaging* |  Benson 401
    Join Alpha Pi Omega for its annual meal packing event that raises awareness of global food insecurity while preparing thousands of meals to donate. Register to volunteer or make a donation.
  • Wednesday, November 20, 5 p.m. | Zakary Amen Research Presentation | Reynolda Hall, Room 301
    Join Wake Forest student, Zakary Amen (‘20) as he presents his research, into the Winston-Salem homeless population from this past summer: “Understanding the Experience of Homelessness: An Exploration of Winston-Salem”.
  • Wednesday, November 20, 6 p.m. | Get Connected Series: Food, Health, & Nutrition | Reynolda Hall, Green Room
    Join the Office of Civic & Community Engagement as it discusses how members of the Wake Forest Community can impact the health and nutrition of the Winston-Salem Community

TurkeyPalooza, Campus Kitchen’s busiest week of the year, provides nearly 550 full, from-scratch Thanksgiving meals to members the Winston-Salem community. Meals are prepared, and then distributed to community partners including: Azalea Terrace Senior Apartments, Latino Community Service, The Shalom Project, Faith Health NC, The Parenting Path and Samaritan Ministries. This year, in partnership with Harvest Table Culinary Group, Campus Kitchen will be able to provide an additional 200 meals to Asterpark homes.

“Having our on-campus dining partner come alongside Campus Kitchen for this special event illustrates their commitment to our community and the work done by our Campus Kitchen leaders and volunteers,” explained Brad Shugoll, Associate Director of Service and Leadership. “With the donation, we are able to have the largest Turkeypalooza in program history.”

As the Campus Kitchen works to prepare nutritious and locally sourced meals, it looks to the Wake Forest community to assist with a successful week of food preparation and delivery. There are two ways a department, organization, or individual can contribute toward TurkeyPalooza: either by donating fresh-food items, or through monetary donations. For more information about specific fresh-food needs or about making a departmental donation, please see the attached form.

TurkeyPalooza will also feature events of its own, including:

  • Sunday, November 17, 2 p.m. | TurkeyPalooza Kick-Off Shift* | Campus Kitchen – 115 Kitchin Hall
    Cooking shifts will take place on Sunday and throughout the week. Sign up to volunteer for a TurkeyPalooza cooking shift.
  • Monday, November 18, 5 p.m. | Awareness Raising and Pumpkin Painting | Campus Kitchen – 115 Kitchin Hall
    Join Campus Kitchen for a fun afternoon of painting and conversation. Decorate pumpkins and gourds with statistics and facts about food insecurity throughout Winston-Salem, that will be on display at Campus Kitchen throughout the week.
  • Thursday, November 21, 7 p.m. | Documentary and Dialogue | Campus Kitchen – 115 Kitchin Hall
    Join Campus Kitchen for the final event of the week: a short documentary on food insecurity in Winston-Salem and discuss the role Campus Kitchen plays in our community. 

*Registration to attend is required

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