Campus Kitchen Offers Holiday Cheer

The Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee University presented its annual Turkeypalooza: A Family Table Gathering Event Nov. 18-21. During Turkeypalooza, volunteers cooked and delivered Thanksgiving meals to members of the community.

The Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee (CKWL) runs a variety of holiday-themed events during the month of November. On Nov. 9, which was Bring Your Turkey to Work Day, W&L community members donated 12 turkeys and around $150 in donations to purchase additional birds to be used for Thanksgiving meals. In addition, the University Store’s food drive provided CKWL with canned goods such as green beans, yams and cranberry sauce.

“The holidays offer an incredible opportunity to connect with our communities over good food and good conversation,” said Ryan Brink, Campus Kitchen coordinator. “Turkeypalooza is a chance to do just that by spending an hour or two peeling potatoes, carving turkeys, or sharing a meal with a community member you may have not met before.”

The mission of the Campus Kitchens Project is to use service as a way to strengthen bodies, empower minds and build communities. The Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee combats hunger and promotes nutrition by recovering and reusing food that would otherwise go to waste into balanced meals for low-income members of the community in Rockbridge County. Volunteers also develop valuable relationships with clients.

For more information, visit the Campus Kitchen website.

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