Marshall University will relocate its Department of Dietetics to Huntington’s Kitchen in downtown Huntington beginning in January, the university announced Tuesday.
The university will partner with Cabell Huntington Hospital to expand the kitchen and strengthen the commitment to the Tri-State community’s nutritional health and wellness, Marshall Interim President Gary White said.
“This partnership will advance the missions of both Huntington’s Kitchen and Marshall University’s dietetics program, as both seek to enhance, promote and improve healthy eating, education and quality of life for residents of Huntington and surrounding areas,” White said.
Renovations to Huntington’s Kitchen in support of the partnership began last month. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and Huntington Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 14, at Huntington’s Kitchen.
The cost of the merger is being split between the university and the hospital, but the exact cost of bringing the dietetics program to Huntington’s Kitchen was not available Tuesday, said Megan Archer, communications specialist with Marshall.
Since 2013, Cabell Huntington Hospital has operated Huntington’s Kitchen as a community outreach initiative with the goals of positively impacting the health of the community through the prevention and reduction of diet-related disease through healthy food and cooking education. The facility was originally opened as “Jamie’s Kitchen,” when celebrity chef Jamie Oliver came to Huntington in 2009 to film his reality TV series “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.”
Veronica Hordubay, manager at Huntington’s Kitchen, said the facility has served over 7,500 individuals since 2013 and she anticipates those numbers increasing once the partnership is established.
“The Kitchen will continue to offer its existing cooking classes and health-related seminars,” Hordubay said in the release. “We welcome the addition of Marshall faculty, staff and students, which will make the Kitchen a more robust resource for our community.”