by BRETT MARSHALL, CSU Public Relations Student Assistant
The Chili Cook Off, which took place Thursday, Nov. 8, was a huge success for the MSU Community Engagement Office and The Campus Kitchen.
The event, which benefited The Campus Kitchen, featured four chilis, including a smoky Texas-style chili, a white chicken chili, a sweet and spicy chili featuring a cinnamon roll and a completely vegan chili, all of which could be sampled by the campus community for just $2 or a food donation. The vegan chili, created by MSU Campus Dietitian, Lexi Cournoyer, was voted as the top chili of the competition. Her chili will be served in the University Dining Center and on Mav Ave Thursday, Nov. 15 during lunch.
In all 486 food items and over $100 in cash were collected. The donations benefited The Campus Kitchen and will continue to help provide meals to students every Monday between 6 and 6:30 p.m. Those meals are distributed by the Community Engagement (CEO), who offer several resources for students struggling with hunger and food insecurities through partnerships with the University, Crossroads Ministries, Echo Food Shelf, Salvation Army, Centenary Church, Food Not Bombs and others.
The Community Engagement Office is working on ways to further their reach to help more students by implementing a text program, which notifies subscribers when The Campus Kitchen has food available and when the CEO is hosting an event. Students can get those updates by texting SUPPORT to 76626.
The CEO is also seeking help with promotion and research development through the work of an intern. Interested students can apply and learn more through Handshake.