Cardinal Kitchen

“Student Helping Students” 

 

Cardinal Kitchen is an on-campus food pantry that services Ball State students and their families. Cardinal Kitchen was created through a Student Government Association (SGA) initiative in the fall of 2014. Cardinal Kitchen is a student-run organization. 

 

**Please note that presently Cardinal Kitchen has suspended services in light of guidance from Muncie City Officials and the Delaware County Commissioners. We hope to begin operating as soon as possible once the Disaster Emergency Declaration has been lifted. All funds donated on One Ball State Day will go to benefit the standard operations of Cardinal Kitchen.** 

 

Our mission is to reduce food insecurity and promote healthy eating on Ball State’s campus. During the 2015-16 school year, we saw over 300 clients with a total of 1,000 individual visits. During the 2016-17 school year, we saw 467 clients with a total of 980 visits. And just last year, during the 2017-2018 school year, we saw a record number of 570 clients with a total of 1,328 visits to the pantry. 

 

Cardinal Kitchen has been combating food insecurity for students for four years, and we are currently located at the Multicultural Center. Our services are available to all undergraduate and graduate students, as well as their families. 

 

In addition to non-perishable food items, Cardinal Kitchen also offers toiletry items, including, but not limited to: toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, and toothpaste. In addition to the need for non-perishable food items and toiletry items, Cardinal Kitchen is in need of a new location. Cardinal Kitchen has been combating food insecurity for students for four years, and we are currently located at the Multicultural Center. Our services are available to all undergraduate and graduate students, as well as their families. 

 

We currently operate out of a small room (approximately 3 by 4 yards) on the second floor of the building that has no room for growth, and we are struggling to help our growing number of clients. We would like to raise money for a new location on-campus that would be more client friendly and provides more space for food storage. We are currently looking at a space on campus, in the basement of the student center! As our numbers have continued to multiply, the need for a new location has become increasingly evident. We are currently based out of the Multicultural Center but are looking to move into a private, "Cardinal Kitchen only" space where we can better serve our clients. 

 

Funds that are donated to Cardinal Kitchen may go to the following items or initiatives but are not limited to: purchase of non-perishable food items, purchase of toiletry items, equipment needed to run the kitchen, and relocation costs of Cardinal Kitchen.

 

 

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The First 5 Areas to Receive a Gift get $500
One Ball State Day, 24-hours of inspiration and impact, starts now. The first 5 areas to receive a gift will each receive $500 in challenge funds.
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Diversity Challenge
Upon the Multicultural Center receiving 50 gifts, $1,000 will be unlocked for that area.
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Spirit Challenge
Upon the Pride of Mid-America Marching Band receiving 50 gifts, $1,000 will be unlocked for that area.
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Knowledge Challenge
Upon the University Libraries receiving 50 gifts, $1,000 will be unlocked for that area.
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Paint the U.S. Cardinal Red
Gifts from all 50 states unlocks $25,000 from the Alumni Council
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Social Distancing Selfie
How are you, Cardinals? We're thinking of you. Share your quarantine selfie with us for a chance to win a Ball State prize pack!
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International Gift Challenge
The first international alum to make a gift on One Ball State Day will get to designate $1,000 in challenge funds to the academic department of their choice.
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Ball State Student Challenge
Hey Ball State students, post a video to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and share how gifts on One Ball State Day will help you! Be sure to use #OneBallState. One of you will get a chance to designate $500 to the academic department of your choice! Some of you will also get One Ball State Day prize packs.
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Bill Jenkins Drag Performance Challenge
If 150 current Ball State students give to Theatre and Dance on one Ball State Day, Bill Jenkins will do a fully realized (costumes, makeup, etc.) "lip-synched drag performance" on social media to whatever song the students select.
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Bill Jenkins Challenge to Students & Parents
If 250 current Ball State students and/or parents of current Ball State students give to Theatre and Dance on one Ball State Day, Bill Jenkins will ALSO dye his hair pink and unveil it to the students on the first day of fall semester classes
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Theatre & Dance Alumni Society Challenge
The Theatre and Dance Alumni Society has dedicated an additional $1,000 gift to the Department if at least 150 Ball State alumni give to any Theatre and Dance account
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Ball State University Foundation Employee Challenge
If the Foundation reaches 100% employee participation, Jean Crosby and Jake Logan will each give $500.
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Student Affairs Employee Challenge
VP Ro-Anne Royer Engle will match gifts from Student Affairs employees for a total of up to $1,000.
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Special Education Faculty Challenge
If 50% of Special Education faculty donate, David McIntosh will donate $500 to the TEACH Lab.
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Special Education Student Challenge #1
If 100 students give to the Special Ed department, the TEACH Lab, or the Center for Autism, Mrs. Bales will wear a costume to class this fall.
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Special Education Student Challenge #2
If 200 students give, to the Special Ed department, the TEACH Lab, or the Center for Autism, Dr. Koch will take a pie in the face.
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Special Education Student Challenge #3
If 300 students give, to the Special Ed department, the TEACH Lab, or the Center for Autism, Dr. Craig will wear a costume to class for a week this fall.
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