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Cook, feed, conquer hunger
Debbie Epping
Antelope Staff
Photo by Skylar Leatherman
Kyle Gibbens, a sophomore biology major from Cozad and Zach Shultz, a sophomore economics major from Grand Island help deliver meals for Campus Kitchen every Tuesday. Campus Kitchen meals are delivered by volunteers each Tuesday and Thursday. I enjoy helping the clients receive nutritious meals that they might not be able to afford otherwise, especially large families, Gibbens said.
Kelli Oelsligle

An elderly woman opens her door to a friendly knock and gives Kelli Oelsligle a big hug.

“I love getting to interact with the clients,” said Oelsligle, a senior psychobiology major from Tilden. “I love hearing their stories.”

Oelsligle, the undergraduate coordinator of the UNK Campus Kitchen, is the driving force behind the Campus Kitchen deliveries, and she needs students to step up and volunteer for Turkey Palooza.

Turkey Palooza will provide a traditional Thanksgiving feast to the 95 clients served twice weekly by Campus Kitchen.

Twice as much food means there’s a need for twice as many volunteers.

“We definitely need help with delivery,” Oelsligle said. “That’s where we are really short.”

Delivery shifts meet at 3:30 p.m. on the second floor of the student union on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

“We really encourage you to bring a carload of friends,” Oelsligle said. “It really is a fun time.”

Delivery volunteers and drivers can sign up to help out on Nov. 22 before heading home for Thanksgiving break.

“It really helps you step outside of your box and comfort level, and you develop compassion for your clients,” Oelsligle said.

Campus Kitchen volunteers work every week, four days per week, to deliver balanced meals to elderly and disabled people in the Kearney community in need.

For many clients, Campus Kitchen is their family, Oelsligle said, and the bigger the family, the better.

Campus Kitchen is a national nonprofit organization, and the only chapter in Nebraska is right here at UNK.

To get involved, contact Kelli Oelsligle at or call 308-865-8078 .

“I’ve been involved for three years,” Oelsligle said. “I really love it.”


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