Grant Helps Address Food Insecurity

A photo showing students preparing food in a kitchen on campus. The food would be donated to the local community.Two Williams student groups working collaboratively to address food insecurity in northern Berkshire County have won a $5,000 grant from the Campus Kitchens Project.

Williams Recovery of All Perishable Surplus (WRAPS) has long partnered with Dining Services to gather, prepare and distribute free, healthy meals to area housing communities and organizations. Last year, using Dining Services kitchen space during off-hours, WRAPS delivered 1,409 meals to Mohawk Forest Apartments and Louison House in North Adams.

Under Campus Kitchens, WRAPS will join forces with Moo-Mami, a student cooking group, to organize weekly shift operations to recover food, prepare and deliver meals and do programming and outreach. The grant, sponsored by CoBank, will also be used to purchase supplies for packaging and transporting meals.

“The Campus Kitchens Project is about serving each other through hunger relief and relationship-building,” says Megan Maher ’17, Campus Kitchens coordinator at Williams. “The team at Williams is extremely excited for this opportunity to collaborate with a variety of student and community groups who share these values. Not only will this help us coordinate and strengthen existing efforts, but it will also help us brainstorm new ways to expand our work, build relationships with new people and join a national network of people seeking to serve each other by alleviating hunger.”

The Campus Kitchens Project is the leading national nonprofit empowering high school and college students to fight hunger and food waste.