Campus Kitchen National Conference Was Held At Lee

Friday, October 26, 2012 - by Christian Downes, Lee University
Members of DC Central Kitchen and Campus Kitchen Project
Members of DC Central Kitchen and Campus Kitchen Project

Lee University hosted the Campus Kitchens Project National Conference. CKP is a national movement in higher educational institutions to provide meals to those members of the community in need. 

The national conference welcomed representation from various high schools and colleges, including Baylor, Southern Adventist University, University of Massachusetts (Boston), and Washington and Lee University.  The event afforded students an opportunity to join CKP representatives in sharing ideas about social justice while developing organizational relationships and volunteer initiatives between schools and the community. 

“If students engage in well-designed service-learning, their learning should be enhanced as well,” said Lee’s Vice President of Student Development Dr. Mike Hayes. 

Thirty-three institutions, including Lee, presently host a campus kitchen that serves their community. Their mission is to “empower the next generation of leaders to implement innovative models for combating hunger, developing food systems, and helping communities help themselves.”

Robert Egger, president and founder of DC Central Kitchen, encouraged the audience to “fundamentally, (let’s) change the whole thing around. Many of the problems we face are too big for charity. What I want to do is start the conversation. Never underestimate the power of the impact you can make.”

Mr. Egger spoke about the idea of cascading leadership:  “Who is coming behind you? How do you get people to step over the line and do things that are frightening? That’s what campus kitchen does, is to try and help people to be brave.”

Mike Curtin, CEO of the Central Kitchen, also spoke on maintaining motivation of its members, the value of community, fostering relationships within that community and focusing on the task of getting healthy food options to impoverished areas.

Lee’s CKP meets at the Leonard Center Mondays at 6:30 p.m. and Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. 

For more information about Lee’s CKP, contact Americorps VISTA Stephen Van Gorp:  svangorp@leeuniversity.edu.

For more information about DC Central Kitchen’s mission and successes, visit http://www.dccentralkitchen.org.
 




Bradley County Has 3 Schools Affected By TDOE Scoring Error

Bradley County Schools had three schools that were affected by the recent scoring error announced by TDOE.  The schools affected were Bradley Central High School, Walker Valley High School, and Bradley County Virtual School.  The only subject affected was Integrated Math 2.  The scoring error involved 402 students, but only 55 students had corrections that ... (click for more)

Notre Dame High School Hosts Open House For Prospective Families Oct. 22

Notre Dame High School, 2701 Vermont Ave., is hosting an Open House for prospective families this coming Sunday at 2 p.m.    "Prospective families will join Notre Dame students, educators, parents, coaches and alumni to tour the campus and see what makes a Notre Dame education unique.   Families will also be able to set up a time for a personal tour and/or ... (click for more)

Ooltewah High's Robin Copp Is State Principal Of The Year

Ooltewah High School principal Robin Copp has been named Tennessee’s 2017-18 Principal of the Year.   Officials said of the second-year principal, "No matter the grade level, she believes in creating student-centered schools, which are first and foremost focused on teaching and learning. To support this model, Copp has instituted a professional learning framework ... (click for more)

City Has Apparently Found Buyer For Chattanoogan Hotel

The city of Chattanooga has apparently found a buyer for the Chattanoogan hotel on Broad Street. A city board will meet next Monday to consider several resolutions. One item before the Chattanooga Downtown Redevelopment Corporation is approving the hiring of the Husch Blackwell law firm "as special counsel in connection with the preparation of a sale and purchase agreement ... (click for more)

Vote No On The Rezoning For A New Landfill In Harrison - And Response (2)

County Commissioners, please consider the following facts when voting on the rezoning request for a new privately-owned C&D landfill in Harrison.  Use of this property for a landfill has been rejected by the county three times in the past (1971, 1984 and 2007).  In 1971 and 2007 the County Commissioners unanimously rejected the proposal.  In 1984 the ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: UT A 34-Point ‘Dog

I can’t remember a time in my life when a University of Tennessee football team has been a five touchdown underdog and this comes at a time when my primary-care physician tells me, “Let’s face it … you are old.” That said, even when I look at myself naked in the bathroom mirror I ain’t as ugly as what I fear will happen in Tuscaloosa this coming Saturday. I can remember the Tide ... (click for more)