Food. Friends. Community. Whether you are a student, faculty member, staff member, executive partner, or community member there is always a way to become engaged with the Mason School of Business. For the past two years the MBA Association Community Service Committee has sponsored a community fair during orientation to bring representatives from various different local nonprofits and community groups to Miller Hall to meet with new students. One of this year’s participants included Campus Kitchen, a student run organization that is part of a national volunteer organization with over 30 chapters that uses existing resources to meet hunger and nutritional needs in local communities.
As part of the MBA Association Community Service Committee initiative to bring service opportunities to MBA students this semester we participated in our first monthly cooking shift with Campus Kitchens at the Williamsburg Presbyterian Church. Using supplies donated from local grocery stores including Food Lion, Trader Joes, Martins, and the local farmers market students prepared 92 meals to be served to local residents living below the poverty line within the Williamsburg area. The meal prepared this week included a healthy serving of fruits, vegetables, salad, along with chicken and rice. This week’s meals were only some of the 200 on average delivered on a weekly basis by Campus Kitchens project.
Campus Kitchen mission is to help recover surplus food from venders, use donated kitchen space to make nutritious meals, and deliver meals more than 10,000 meals a year to the Williamsburg area. In addition, to food donations Campus Kitchen also sponsors a weekly program called Fun at Five in two neighborhoods where meals are delivered. Fun at Five offers youth within those communities the opportunity to get together for crafts, sports, and other activities with William & Mary students. Each year Campus Kitchen also sponsors a Turkeypalooza to provide needy families with turkeys for Thanksgiving.
This year Mason MBA students also helped raise money to support the Turkeypalooza and are looking forward to participating in future shifts after our first successful group cooking shift with Campus Kitchen.
Campus Kitchen is just one of the many opportunities supported through the William & Mary Office of Community Engagement that helps connect the College and community to support the development of active and educated citizens to promote positive social change. For future business leaders the partnership of Mason Students with the Office of Community Engagement, Campus Kitchen, and other local nonprofits is key to helping develop leadership skills and promoting positive influence on the community.
Volunteerism and community service have had a great influence on my life and especially here at the Mason school of business as I have developed stronger friendships with classmates, faculty, executive partners, and the community at large while participating in service projects with the MBA Association. This spring I invite you to join the MBA Association for several of our other annual service events including the Yorktown Victory Run, Mason Golf Tournament, and Tribefest.
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