Sara Goranowski, is a sophomore at the College of St. Benedict. She is a Psychology major, Hispanic Studies minor, and is Pre-Occupational Therapy. She is from the small town of Welch which is right next to Red Wing. Her hobbies include volunteering, reading, and spending time with friends and family. Her favorite foods include peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, pizza, and cheese tortellini. She is also involved in the Bonner Leader Program at CSB/SJU. She joined Community Kitchen because she loved the dual component of reducing food waste while also helping community members facing food insecurity. She hopes to gain an even greater passion for serving others and some awesome new experiences and opportunities.
Pete Johnson is a sophomore student at St. John's University and is a political science major. His favorite food is a Minnesotan classic, the Juicy Lucy, or anything that has to do with meat. Some of his hobbies include fishing, fantasy sports leagues, and anything outdoors. He is also a member of the Johnnie football team and the Bonner Leader Program at CSB/SJU. He joined Community Kitchen because he believes everyone deserves to have access to sustainable food, and that we must help other members in our community. He hopes to make great connections with the community and to gain a better understanding of those living around us.
Gabbie Harvey is a pre-med English major at the College of St. Benedict. She believes working with Community Kitchen is an incredible opportunity to work towards multiple facets of social justice-eliminating hunger, reducing food waste, and creating solidarity within the community and also to get to know her classmates in other majors and years. Gabbie's favorite foods are spicy foods, particularly buffalo chicken with ranch. While studying abroad in Salzburg, Austria during Fall 2016, Gabbie also came to appreciate the wonder that is Wiener Schnitzel. Gabbie enjoys painting, cooking, reading, and cringe-worthy puns.
Cassi Roline is from St. Francis, MN. She is a senior and is double majoring in Math and Gender Studies and hopefully minoring in Psychology. It is very hard for her to choose a favorite food, but she would probably have to say burgers! She is a member of the service sorority Alpha Kappa Sigma on campus, but she also volunteers at the women's shelter in St. Cloud. She wants to be a part of Community Kitchen because she loves to volunteer. Helping others makes her so happy! She also thinks that this is a great program that promotes service, community, and sustainability. She is hoping to gain better leadership skills and get more involved in the community.
Allie Rudnickas is a senior from Woodbury, MN. At the College of St. Benedict, she is majoring in Nutrition-Dietetics, with a minor in French. Some of her favorite foods are shirmp, grits, and smoothies. In addition with volunteering with Community Kitchen, Allie is involved with the Full Circle Greenhouse, Nutrition Club, French Club, and Johnnie Bennie Media. She loves travelling and learning new languages. She joined Community Kitchen because she believes in mitigating nutrition-related health disparities and increasing people's accessibility to nutritious food. She can't wait to encounter new places and people in the area.
Alexis Wendlandt is a senior Nutrition-Dietetics major. She is very much a foodie. She loves to do anything with with food whether that is cooking or baking. She also loves to learn about food safety, production, and what happens to the food we consume once it is in our bodies. She has studied abroad in Spain, Paris, and London. In these experiences, she found it very rewarding to learn each countries food cuisines and habits along with connecting with her fellow Bennies and Johnnies! She very much believes meals are the most important time of the day! Food connects, comforts, and keeps people alive! Warm meals are crucial in life and with Community Kitchen, people are ensured food and connection with others in the community!
Ryan Kuester is a senior from the small town of Glencoe, Minnesota. He currently is a double major in both the psychology and environmental studies programs, with a minor in exercise sports science. His favorite food is macaroni and cheese with cut up hot dogs mixed in. He is a short sprinter on the St. John's track and field team. He also just started participating in the Marketing Club this year as well. He is involved with Community Kitchen to help others and give back to the community. He has too much free time on my hands, so he felt the best way to fill that time is by providing for others. He also enjoys the strong bond that the surrounding local communities in this area have. First and foremost, he hopes to become a better person through Community Kitchen, and he would also like to gain friendships that continue past when his time with Community Kitchen is up.
Niesha Ford is from a small town called Hayward in California near San Franscico and Oakland. She is a senior majoring in Biochemistry with a minor in Psychology, Pre-med focus. Her favorite foods are any type of pasta and almost anything with grilled chicken. She would eat pasta for every meal. She is the Pre-med club treasure, a Big Sister in the Big Brothers, Big Sister organization, an Eco-Rep, and an active member in BenCo Swimming. She got involved in Community Kitchen because she has a passion for helping others in need and loved the mission of reducing food waste- especially when so many people go hungry every day. She hopes to gain a greater appreciation for the food she is provided with and connect with the St. Joseph community.
Brian Burroughs is a senior and a biology and nutrition double major from Byron, MN. His favorite food is cottage cheese because you can mix it with everything. His favorite way to eat it is with Chinese food. He is on the track team, a member of the Knights of Columbus and Global Health Affairs Club, a student health assistant at the St. Cloud Hospital, and he is a tutor in the Math Skills Center. He wants to be involved with Community Kitchen because it feeds both his passion for service and nutrition. He hopes to meet new and interesting people on campus and in the community.
CJ Pettinger is a senior Biochemistry major with a music minor. Her passion is healthcare and a holistic care model, which for many places and people includes food and nutrition! Wanting to learn more about local food insecurities, CJ joined Community Kitchen as an operations leader.
Other activities CJ is a part during the school year is Student Health
Assistants, Global Health Affairs, and as many music ensembles as possible.
During the summer, CJ worked as food manager and canoe guide at the Northern Lakes Canoe Base in the Boundary Waters.
Skylar Peyton is a junior environmental studies major, biology minor with a passion to make a difference. A professional napper by trade, she also has a love for the outdoors, Netflix, and service. Being OL for Community Kitchen is a big deal to her because she sees a huge connection between sustainability and social justice with the program. By taking uneaten food and redistributing it, she believes we are not only limiting our footprint at CSB but also helping to make a difference in the local community.
Jamie McCarthy is a junior English major excited to finally be on campus! Her favorite food is the glamorous potato, especially curly fries. She is a hopeless Netflix devotee, and not overly bothered by the amount of shows she's watched. Okay, maybe a little bothered. Besides spending her time watching Tangled for the millionth time, there is nothing she loves to do more than meet people. She picked Community Kitchen as a way to connect with people who both share her love of service and who each have an incredibly interesting story that she would like to hear.
Erin Boggs is a junior, Psychology major and Nutrition minor. Her favorite foods are Sesame Chicken and anything Italian. She enjoys traveling, doing volunteer work, and her dog. The reason she decided to be an Operations Leader for Community Kitchen is to help make a difference with hunger in our St. Joseph community. She hopes to bring a smile to the faces she meets in the community and help Community Kitchen grow and serve more people.
Alexandria Daggett is a junior Hispanic Studies major and Pre-med student. She is a bit of an obsessive studier but when she finds some free time, she loves to get outside and be active. She is a student campus minister and a part of the Spirituality and Social Justice Team. She loves her job! She is excited for the chance to make new friends and continue finding ways to get involved in the CSB/SJU community. She loves being a part of Community Kitchen because it gives her a chance to serve with fellow Bennies and Johnnies while addressing a need in the local community.
Hosanna Fortmeyer is from Fairview, Kansas. She is a junior majoring in Nutrition-Dietetics, and she loves anything related to food and nutrition! There are so many delicious foods and recipes out there, that she is unable to pick a favorite... she loves anything her mom makes! Some CSB/SJU activities that she is a part besides Community Kitchen include Nutrition Club, Global Health Affairs, Students for Life, volleyball and basketball intramurals. She is an Operations Leader because she really supports the purpose of Community Kitchen and wants to contribute to its success. By redistributing excess food, Community Kitchen is on example of a solution that addresses both the problems of food waste and food insecurity. We need a lot more efforts like this in our society today!
Chelsea Schwarzkopf is a junior. Her hometown is Geneseo, Illinois near the border of Iowa. She is a double major in Communication and Oboe Performance. My favorite food is sushi and fried rice. On campus she is involved in Orchestra, Communication Club, HR Club, and she occasionally writes for The Record. Community Kitchen is a way for her to volunteer while spending time with people. As an Orientation Leader, she hopes to gain skills such as leadership and volunteering.
Laura McDermott is a junior Nutrition Dietetics major from Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Her favorite food is mango. She enjoys being outside, playing sports, and good food! She is involved with Benco swimming, intramural sports, club volleyball, and volunteers where she can. She is involved with Community Kitchen because she thinks that this is a great wat to get invloved with the community outside of St. Ben's and also an awesome way to learn more about some of the challenges that people face regarding food and nutrition.
Maddie Krumel is a sophmore English major. She loves puppies, veggies, and babies. In the future, she plans to teach high school and go on lots of adventures. She belives Community Kitchen is an awesome program and is happy she works with them through CSB Campus Ministry where she is on the Spirituality and Social Justice Team. She is also a part of the Bonner Leader Program and the Peer Resource Program here at the wonderful College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University.