Over 500 UCF Students Attended FreshU
UCF’s mobile demonstration kitchen is the ﬁrst of its kind in the country. The mobile aspect of the kitchen allows the Division of Student Development and Enrollment Services to reach more students in the efforts to increase accessibility to fruit and vegetables, provide nutrition skills, and reduce food waste.
During the FreshU Mobile Kitchen's opening, UCF students were welcomed by a bistro style environment, highlighting delicious and healthy food. They were invited to participate in ﬁve different cooking demonstrations at the top of every hour varying from egg mini mufﬁns, chili, quinoa salad, and smoothies. Each demo concluded with a sample and a recipe card so students could recreate the recipe at their convenience. The event also featured a planting station promoting sustainability to UCF students.
UCF students had great things to say about the event:
• “My friend sent me a message and told me to come over, he already picked up everything he needed to make the Southwestern Quinoa and Corn Salad!”
• “It’s exciting to see people that don’t usually eat healthy try this food and say ‘wow, this actually tastes really good, it’s cost effective, and it’s super easy to make”
• “I love these, I want to keep coming to these all the time.”
The FreshU Mobile Kitchen will tour campus regularly, twice a month highlighting a healthy recipe and resources about where to ﬁnd free fresh ingredients.
This initiative is a collaborative effort of the Division of Student Development and Enrollment Services. Partnering departments include: Wellness and Health Promotion Services, Recreation and Wellness Center, Creative School for Children, Student Union, Knights Helping Knights Pantry, Student Health Services Housing and Residence Life, UCF Cares, UCF Sustainability, UCF Arboretum, and UCF Dining.