Each November Campus Kitchen celebrates TurkeyPalooza by preparing scratch-made turkey dinners for its community partners in celebration of the Thanksgiving Holiday. This year’s Turkeypalooza welcomed 50 student volunteers to prepare 200 scratch-made Thanksgiving meals for various community partners including Azalea Terrace, N.C. Faith Health, Latino Community Services, and Aster Park.
The Campus Kitchen at Wake Forest University (CKWFU) functions to repurpose food in the Winston-Salem community that would otherwise have gone to waste. It functions as an asset-based approach to strengthening the Winston-Salem community by partnering with a network of civic, non-profit, and private organizations to develop innovative solutions to reduce food insecurity.
Relying on donations from Aramark at Wake Forest, The Fresh Market, Lowes Foods, and local farmers markets; student leaders pick-up, prepare, and deliver fresh produce and nutritious meals every day of the week.
The Campus Kitchen at Wake Forest typically has over 22 weekly shifts and is always looking for volunteers. Currently, only members of the Wake Forest community are being accepted as volunteers. All Campus Kitchen volunteer shifts are made available on GivePulse, our volunteer management platform.
As one of the most anticipated events of the year, TurkeyPalooza relies on the support of the entire Wake Forest community to make it a success. All proceeds will go towards ingredients for the meals made and our non-perishable food drive.
15 Years of CKWFU
This year marks the 15th anniversary of Campus Kitchen at Wake Forest University! Join our celebration on Fri., Nov. 19 from 3-5 pm ET at the lounge in Kitchin Residence Hall. The event is open to volunteers, alumni, campus and community partners, and supporters of CKWFU. RSVP required.
Become a CK Leader
Interested in becoming a CKWFU Leader? Let Brad Shugoll know why you’d be the perfect fit.
A Year in The Campus Kitchen | 2020-21
- Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Campus Kitchen operated with just 40 dedicated student volunteers throughout the year.
- Student volunteers contributed 1,006 hours of direct service.
- 2,247 meals were delivered to our community partners, averaging 345 meals served each month.
- Each week, 240 individual community members were provided Campus Kitchen meals throughout the year.
- Nearly 8 tons of fresh produce were recovered from local grocery stores and repurposed to use in meals for community partners.
- Through a unique partnership with Harvest Table Culinary Group, 1,860 pounds of prepared food was recovered from campus dining and repurposed for community meals.
- Kids Cooking Coalition returned for its fourth year of programming, with a new curriculum better suited for virtual delivery. Over the span of four weeks, 40 different children from 18 families joined one or more cooking classes taught by local Winston-Salem chefs.
CKWFU Community Partners
Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
In support of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, each year Campus Kitchen hosts a series of events to provide students, faculty, and staff an opportunity to engage in action and reflection around the complexity of hunger and homelessness in our community. This year’s schedule was highlighted by Turkeypalooza, virtual events, and a non-perishable food drive in partnership with the School of Business.