The Campus Kitchen at BW

The BW community takes aim at hunger as the latest university to join Presidents United to Solve Hunger or PUSH.

Baldwin Wallace University gives hunger initiatives an international 'PUSH'

June 26, 2017

PUSH hunger initiative logoThe Baldwin Wallace University community takes aim at hunger as the latest university to join 'PUSH' for Presidents United to Solve Hunger. With encouragement from students already involved in the issue, BW President Robert C. Helmer added BW’s name to the worldwide PUSH initiative to address the lack of access to nutritious food for all too many children and adults in BW’s backyard and around the world.

More than 90 university presidents from five continents have signed on to PUSH, "vowing to prioritize nutrition security on campuses and to make it a core value of higher education." BW is the first signatory from Greater Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, which is home to the largest number of food insecure children in the state of Ohio according to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

Growing appetite to address hunger

Baldwin Wallace University students prep food for The Campus Kitchen at BWBW is already addressing the issue in a variety of ways, with many programs under the leadership of BW’s David & Frances Brain Center for Community Engagement.

Recently added efforts include the Campus Kitchens Project at BW, which turned rescued food waste into more than 1,000 meals served in Berea during its first year in operation, and "Pack Away Hunger" meal packaging events that have sent tens of thousands of meals to local food pantries and Mission Guatemala since November 2015.

BW also offers a range of service-learning courses, internships, opportunities for conference engagement and more. (See a more comprehensive outline of hunger initiatives below).

List of Baldwin Wallace Brain Center hunger initiativesPUSH Nourishes Campus Hunger Initiatives

"Our students see joining PUSH as a natural expression of BW’s ongoing efforts to fight hunger and promote food security," said President Helmer. "But our PUSH commitment also represents an opportunity to grow what we do."

Christy Burke Walkuski, director of BW’s Brain Center for Community Engagement, said BW is exploring a number of new ideas including the potential to leverage campus entrepreneurship and research resources to address hunger issues. 

"One PUSH goal calls for us to promote 'disruptive critical thinking and collaborative, multidisciplinary problem-solving' to empower students to think big about ending world hunger," Walkuski explained.

"We see real potential for BW and the Brain Center to be a catalyst to spark collaboration and innovation among community partners and stakeholders that can have a powerful impact on hunger in our region and beyond."