The Campus Kitchens, started in 2003, is fueled by the energy of student volunteers. Volunteers are trained in proper food safety and sanitation, and then work in the kitchen, deliver meals, develop menus, and learn socially-responsible leadership skills. Campus Kitchens take the unused portions of food from our resident dining and retail locations to create meals for those in need in the Evanston community. NUCuisine helps support the Campus Kitchens program by providing kitchen space and equipment, office space, training for their volunteers and the necessary funding to keep their operations running.
Community Based Organizations
In 2009, NUCuisine started working with Connections, Workforce Employer Resource Collaborative and a number of other representatives from non-profit community based organizations to hire potential employees. So far NUCuisine was able to hire about 130 hourly employees who were all brought to us from various community based organizations. The following community based organizations participated in our hiring initiatives:
- The Alternative Schools Network
- CARES Chicago
- Easter Seals
- La Casa Norte
- The Inspiration Corporation
- The Enterprising Kitchen
- Mercy Housing Lakefront
- Chicago House
- Instituto del Progreso Latino
- Jewish Vocational Service
- The Heartland Alliance
- Growing Home
- Bethel New Life
- Catholic Charities
Heartland Alliance advances the human rights and responds to the human needs of endangered populations – particularly the poor, the isolated and the displaced – through the provision of comprehensive and respectful services and the promotion of permanent solutions leading to a more just global society.
NUCuisine works very closely with Heartland Alliance and has hired many individuals represented by Heartland Alliance. NUCuisine gives these individuals the training needed to succeed in their position with an opportunity to get promoted.
Put Illinois to Work
The Put Illinois to Work program was launch April 2010 by the State of Illinois as a job skills training program in an effort to create on the job learning opportunities for unemployed or underemployed individuals from the local communities. Heartland Alliance approached NUCuisine to participate in the program. NUCuisine embraced the opportunity and was sent 20 individuals (mostly with a refugee background) to work at various NUCuisine locations. The program was a success. NUCuisine was able to hire 13 of the trainees as full time employees at the beginning of fall 2010.
English as a Second Language
The ESL (English as a Second Language) program was developed with the help of Heartland Alliance as a pilot program for their organization. Heartland Alliance received a grant to develop an ESL program that specifically focuses on English language skills in the Hospitality and Foodservice environment. The program is 6 weeks long and is available to any NUCuisine team members free of charge.
Chinese American Service League
On July 22, 2010 a team from NUCuisine gave presentations to the Chinese American Service League’s (CASL) Culinary Program. CASL is the largest and most comprehensive social service agency in the Midwest dedicated to serving the needs of Chinese Americans. The students were interested in learning more about the various positions that are available and being able to participate in mock interviews.
Jumpstart Read for the Record
Jumpstart’s Read for the Record Campaign brings together children and adults in schools, libraries, event centers and homes across the United States – each with a goal to help set a new world record for the most people reading the same book on the same day.
NUCuisine is committed to providing a dining program that supports the Northwestern, Evanston and surrounding communities. Learn more about our initiatives below.
- Subway is coming to Norris! Read more.
- Executive Chef Chris Studtmann took home a Silver Medal at the NACUFS Regional Culinary Challenge this past March.
- NUCuisine plays a vital role in helping AEPi raise $22,710 for charity. Read more.