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W&L’s Campus Kitchen Wins Two National Awards

W&L’s Campus Kitchen Project (CKP) won two major awards at the National Campus Kitchen Conference in Milwaukee, Wis., on Saturday, Oct. 18. “These are extraordinary accomplishments and speak to the success of the Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee,” said Campus Kitchens Project Coordinator Jennifer Sproul ‘08.

W&L senior Mackenzie Brown won the Leah Prudhomme Volunteer of the Year Award, which singles out one recipient each year from all the Campus Kitchen projects nationwide. Brown not only ran W&L’s Campus Kitchen on her own during the summer of 2008, she also worked in the on-campus garden to grow fresh produce for CKP meals, moved the kitchen from the Beta house to the Kappa Sig house, and expanded meal sites to include the Robert E. Lee Hotel low-income apartments in Lexington, Va.

The second award went to Robert W. Turner, the 2007 CKP coordinator, who won the Nopalitos Staff Innovation Award for creating a work release program with the Natural Bridge Juvenile Correction Center. Turner‘s work will come to fruition at the end of October when CKP expects to hear of a resident ready for placement.

The Campus Kitchen Project is a W&L service organization that uses surplus food collected from campus dining services, catering operations and donations, and then provides nutritious and tasty meals to those in need in Lexington and the surrounding areas.