Campus Kitchen connects with national fundraising initiative to fight hunger

February 19, 2018

Detroit Mercy’s Campus Kitchen has recently embarked on a national Crowdfunding fundraising competition titled “Raise The Dough” to help fund student-driven solutions to hunger and food waste in U.S. communities. The competition ends Feb. 23.

This effort is part of The Campus Kitchens Project, a national organization founded in 2001 to empower student volunteers to fight hunger and food waste in their community. With more than 60 Campus Kitchens on college and high school campuses across the country, the organization is able to recover and transform more than 1 million pounds of food each year, as well as build community and shape future leaders. Detroit Mercy’s Campus Kitchen is part of this nationwide network.

Each year, Campus Kitchens across the U.S. compete to see who can raise the most money. In 2017, the national network raised more than $50,000. For 2018, a matching opportunity is available from the Craig Newmark Philanthropic Fund. The Fund has generously decided to match every donation $100 or under up to $15,000. Donations to Detroit Mercy’s affiliate chapter will help the organization expands its programs that aim to reduce food waste, improve fresh food access, support community gardens and raise awareness about the local food system on campus and in the city through strategic partnerships with businesses and nonprofit organizations.

Please consider making a donation to the “Raise The Dough” Crowdfunding effort by visiting

In addition, Detroit Mercy’s Campus Kitchen will host “Taste of Diversity” food festival on Thursday, Feb. 22, from 5-7 p.m. in the Fountain Lounge of the Student Union. This event celebrates diversity on campus and explores the issues of hunger and food waste from local and global perspectives. Student groups and local food businesses will prepare exquisite dishes that represent the many countries, regions and cultures on campus and in the city. Campus Kitchen is partnering with the Black Student Union, the Hindu Yuvu and more student groups that will contribute dishes and educational programming. The suggested donation amount is $10.

To learn more about these efforts, please call Clara Gamalski, staff coordinator of Detroit Mercy’s Campus Kitchen, at 313-993-1494 or via email at