Cookbook to raise money for food pantry

SVSU is currently selling a cookbook with the purpose of donating all the proceeds to the Food Pantry.

The idea was originally brought to fruition by SVSU Associate Registrar Courtney Fylling.

“We wanted to make this a service project, where we would gather recipes from our peers and include articles on food insecurity, the Food Pantry itself and the history of [the] International Food Festival and Taste of Soul with the sole purpose of the Food Pantry receiving 100% of the proceeds,” she said.

The project relies upon community support at SVSU and depends on a large amount of collaboration to create the cookbook.

Fylling said that 88 individuals within the SVSU community donated recipes. Individuals who donated a recipe include SVSU students, alumni, staff, faculty and friends of SVSU.

“Because of everyone involved, we surpassed our goal of 100 recipes and ended up with 151 recipes,” she said.

Besides those who contributed recipes, many people were involved in the creation and production of the cookbook.

“With the support of the following offices, we were able to make this happen; Office of Academic and Student Affairs, Office of the Registrar, Center for Community Engagement and Experimental Learning and the Office of Alumni Relations,” Fylling said. “We also held an art cover contest for the cookbook. We are using artwork from two students; Emily Haroon and Julia Letherer.”

SVSU staff members, Ivy Braden, Heather Kowaleski, Alicea Moll and Riley Hupfer worked alongside Fylling as the main developers of the project.

“The cookbook has been mostly developed by Alicea, Ivy, Heather, Riley and myself, but we would not have a cookbook at all without the support of our alumni, staff, faculty, students, retirees and friends of SVSU,” Fylling said.

SVSU has published cookbooks previously, although not recently.

“It has been years since the university has released previous versions of cookbooks. The last two cookbooks were published in 2006 and 2003,” Fylling said.

Approximately 16 years later, the SVSU community has worked together once again to create a project that will benefit the Food Pantry.

This cookbook is available for purchase by anyone whether you are a student or a community member. The order form can be accessed on The cookbook is available for purchase until Dec. 2 with the option to pick it up at the Alumni Relations Office or receive it by mail.

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