Minnesota State University, Mankato service-learning business students support Campus Kitchen

Team Awareness, one of six groups that worked to put the Block Party. Other groups included; The Net Raisers, Team Kobayashi, Bean Team, Musical Maniacs and Team S.E.L.L.

Volleyball, an eating contest, and bean bag tosses and more. All of these are strategies that students in Professor Flannery’s Principles of Management course at Minnesota State University, Mankato used to raise money and awareness about the Campus Kitchen at MSU Mankato. Using the skills gained in the class and under the guidance of Professor Flannery, who has been instrumental in institutionalizing service-learning at MSU Mankato, students worked in six different groups to create a block party event this spring to raise funds and awareness.


The Campus Kitchens Project is a nation-wide initiative with chapters at 28 colleges and universities that brings together student volunteers, on-campus dining service professionals, and community organizations to combat hunger in innovative ways. Through student leadership and dedicated stewardship from supporting staff and faculty members, Campus Kitchens are able to harness available resources such as surplus dining hall food and under-utilized kitchen spaces to produce hundreds of thousands of nutritious meals for local communities every year. The Campus Kitchen at MSU Mankato, est. 2005, works as a partnership among University Dining Services, the Student Activities office, and a combination of community and university entities, including student-run service organizations, university service learning programs, and community agencies. Annually, CKMSUM rescues over 10,000 lbs of food, produces well over 11,000 meals, and engages students in over 3,000 hours of Service-Learning.

The students of Principles of Management raised over $700 for CKMSUM and raised awareness both on the campus and in the Mankato community. Through the project, students also learned about group work, the challenges of mass marketing and how to run a professional meeting. Many expressed how valuable the project was for their learning. As one student put it, “this class taught us about leadership without PowerPoints or tests.”


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