Support Campus Kitchen

Help support our program.

Donation Ideas

The Campus Kitchen at Minnesota State University, Mankato hosts several food drives during the year. We distribute items to many community partners: ECHO Food Shelf, the REACH, MY Place (formerly Boys & Girls Club), Salvation Army, Open Door Clinic, Maple River Loaves and Fishes, South Central College, and Campus Cupboard. When we hold food drives, we often support the BackPack Food Program, especially when we receive items they can use. Here are some general things you might consider donating:

  • Canned fruits, veggies, or protein
  • Soups, dried pasta, dried beans
  • Jars of peanut butter, cheese or pasta sauces
  • Toilet paper, tissues, soap, and other hygiene products
  • Plastic wrap, Ziploc bags, or ways to store leftovers (SNAP doesn't cover these items, but important to have!)
  • Sugar, spices, salt, pepper, ketchup... think of what you would use at a meal.
  • All items should be unopened and not expired.

Campus Kitchen at Minnesota State University, Mankato Donation List:

Non-food items:

  • Clamshells ("to go" containers)
  • Commercial size aluminum foil
  • Non-latex food handler gloves
  • Stainless steel pans
  • Boxes of Ziploc bags

Food items (Must be cooked in a commercial kitchen):

  • Instant potatoes
  • Cooked chicken /cooked ground beef (preferably canned or frozen)
  • Soups (canned or frozen)
  • Fresh or canned fruits and vegetables
  • Tuna and other canned protein sources

Financial contributions may be sent to:

Campus Kitchen at Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato
CSU 173, Mankato, MN 56001

Please make checks out to "Campus Kitchen at Minnesota State University, Mankato"

Or visit our online donation portal to make a financial donation:

Online Financial Donation for Campus Kitchen

Thank you for your time, attention, and generosity!

How to Volunteer


To volunteer for a shift at the Campus Kitchen at Minnesota State University, Mankato, students should visit our Engage page and sign up for a shift.

Visit our Engage Page

Large Groups or Learning Communities

Because of the popularity of service at the Campus Kitchen at Minnesota State University, Mankato, contact us about 3-4 weeks before you would like your group to serve in the Campus Kitchen. If kitchen slots are full, Campus Kitchen staff can work with you to come up with other ways you can learn and serve.

Non-Minnesota State University Volunteers at Campus Kitchen

Although Minnesota State University, Mankato students fill our shifts, we occasionally look to others to help us complete our tasks. Limited space is available. If you are interested in helping, just once or regularly, contact Karen Anderson or Alex Trewatha.

Campus Kitchen Simmers through Academic Breaks!

Volunteers are needed to package and deliver meals during academic breaks. Packaging takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays. There is also an opportunity to assist with delivery, food recovery and facilities management. Volunteer slots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Want to sign up or need more information? Call 507-389-6076.

Drivers for a Shift

Are You Willing and Able to be a Volunteer Driver?

If you are willing to be a volunteer driver, please visit the link below and complete the Minnesota State University, Mankato driving eligibility form. It is a university and state requirement to be an approved driver if delivery or food harvest is your volunteer task.

Fill out the online vehicle form

As a volunteer driver, you will be:
  • Driving the meals (in coolers) and other volunteers to the Campus Kitchen clients
  • Traveling between 5-10 miles per shift
  • Helping Campus Kitchen out SO MUCH because we deliver over 100 meals per week!
  • Generally, delivery takes about 60-90 minutes and takes place weekly on Tuesday mornings or afternoons.

Once approved as a driver, you will be added to an Engage group within Community Engagement Office and you can sign up for the shifts you would like to cover.

In addition to being a University-approved driver, you will also need to show proof of car insurance and your driver’s license, and sign a volunteer agreement.

Operations Schedule

Campus Kitchen at Minnesota State University, Mankato Schedule of Operations:

For pandemic related safety reasons, the number of volunteers needed per shift is greatly reduced. The number of volunteers needed per shift will increase after the pandemic.

Academic Year Schedule 2020-2021:

  • 5:15-6:45 pm - Packaging Shift (3 volunteers)
  • 10:15 am-Noon - Preparation Shift (3 volunteers)
  • 6:30-8:00 pm - Packaging Shift (3 volunteers)
  • 8:00 - 10 am - Delivery Shift (1-2 volunteers)
  • 11:00 am-Noon - Harvest for Boys and Girls Club Meals (1-2 volunteers)
  • 2:00 - 4:00 pm - Boys and Girls Club Meal Packing (3 volunteers)
  • 3:30-4:30 pm – Delivery Shift for Boys and Girls Club (1-2 volunteers)
  • 9:45 - 12:30 am - Harvest/Food Recovery Shift (1-2 volunteers)
  • 3:00 - 4:00 pm - Meal Planning (1-2 volunteers)
  • 11:30 am - 1 pm - Kitchen Maintenance Shift (1-2 volunteers)

Summer Schedule 2021:

  • 11:30 am - 1:30 pm - Packaging Shift (3-5 volunteers)

Our summer 2020 schedule was canceled due to the pandemic. 

To sign up for shifts, visit the Community Engagement Office Engage

Visit The Community Engagement Office Engage Page here

Volunteer training is done at the beginning of each shift and is managed by student shift leaders.