Managed by Saint Louis University’s Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Salus Center Kitchen is an interactive classroom used as a food lab to teach University nutrition courses. It is also a shared-use kitchen for local businesses and organizations in the St. Louis community.
Thanks to funding from the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the kitchen has turned into an incubator for St. Louis-area bakeries, restaurants and catering businesses. Many of the companies that use the kitchen share the strong service component that is found in SLU’s Jesuit mission. Fresh Start Dog Food, an organization that teaches men who have been homeless the skills to prepare dog food and treats, is among a long list of local businesses that depend on the kitchen for their business to thrive.
Staff and students from SLU’s nutrition and dietetics department are readily available to consult and offer guidance to the organizations. Staff and students also use the kitchen to prepare breakfast and lunch for six elementary and middle schools in the St. Louis area. The lunches focus on providing a healthy alternative meal for the inner-city students at an affordable price.
Whether the Salus Center Kitchen is being used by a member of the community or a SLU student, the mission is the same: Make the resources of the University available to the community.