Normandale Community College's Campus Cupboard received the 2013-14 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Academic and Student Affairs award for Innovative Student Affairs Program.
The Campus Cupboard was created prior to the 2012 fall semester for students who come to school and don't have the financial means to eat every day. Normandale created the Campus Cupboard in collaboration with Good in the 'Hood, a Bloomington partner organization that focuses on acts of kindness a means of transforming individual lives, families and communities.
Student volunteers at the Campus Cupboard check students in, help them get food, keep the cupboard clean, and organize and assist with the marketing and resource development. The volunteers do so through Service Learning, and must go through a two-hour training course and need to commit to at least 10 hours over the course of one semester.
This year the number of unique students served increased to 563, and the total food items distributed also increased to 15,906. There were 60 service-leaders and volunteers that contributed time to the Campus Cupboard.
The original committee for the Campus Cupboard included Kate Anderson, Colleen Brickle, Cindy Carow Schiebe, Joyce Carey, Wanda Kanwsicher, Amanda Lilgreen, Greg Lyons, Shawn Morrison, Jill Peifer, Monica Saralampi and Nick Schnieder.
The award was selected by peer academic and student affairs campus and system administrators based on such criteria as adaptability, collaboration, and enhanced student development.