Campus Kitchen at the University of Kentucky

The Campus Kitchen at the University of Kentucky is an on-campus student service organization that provides a sustainable approach to reducing food waste on college campuses while also providing healthy meals to those struggling with hunger. Our student-powered hunger relief organization was established April 2014 and is an affiliate of the national organization, The Campus Kitchen Projects, which in 2016 recognized us as “Campus Kitchen of the Year” out of nearly sixty across the nation.

In the United States, 40% of post-consumer food is wasted each year while 1 in 6 Americans are hungry. Over 750,000 Kentuckians do not always know where their next meal will come from. We provide solutions to address this need on campus and in our community.

Our Solutions

Food Rescue
We pick up unused, quality food from UK dining facilities, local farms, farmers' markets, restaurants and grocery stores.

Cooking and Food Preparation
Volunteers prepare healthy, balanced meals with the food donations in our campus kitchen.

Meal Delivery
Volunteers deliver, distribute and enjoy well-balanced meals with participants. Through established partnerships, we also deliver grocery bags with recovered food to children, youth, families, individuals and older adults experiencing poverty and hunger.

Empowerment and Education
We go beyond serving meals by promoting poverty solutions, implementing garden and nutrition initiatives, convening food policy events, leading cooking classes and hosting community game nights. It is our goal to not only provide individuals with access to food, but also the empowerment and education needed to make informed and confident decisions surrounding their food choices.

Get Involved

We would love for you to join us. Check out our volunteer opportunities and sign up.

Learn more about how Campus Kitchen at the University of Kentucky operates by reading our bylaws.

Fall 2014 - Summer 2019

Pounds of Food Recovered: 28,420

Meals Served: 19,986

Student Volunteers: 6,569

Connect on Social Media

Follow us on Facebook @ckkentucky

Contact Us

If you have questions, contact

Director of Community Outreach: Kendra Oo

In the News


UK Dietetics and Human Nutrition Nationally Recognized for Sustainability Efforts

UK Students Cook Farm-to-Fork Food for Fellow Wildcats

Wildcats Needed to 'Raise the Dough' With UK Campus Kitchen

Campus Kitchen Competes to ‘Raise the Dough’ and Fight Hunger


UK Working to Ensure Food and Housing Security Among Students

Students Fuel The Campus Kitchen at the University of Kentucky

Campus Kitchen Launches Zero Hunger Campaign

UK Campus Kitchen to 'Raise the Dough' for Hunger Relief


Graduating Student's Research Leaves Mark on Campus Kitchen of UK

UK Research Shows Effectiveness of Summer Gleaning Program


UK is home to 2016 Campus Kitchen of the Year

The Campus Kitchen receives $5,000 grant


UK's Campus Kitchen Uses Un-used Food to Nurture Lexington's Hungry

UK Fires Up its Campus Kitchen

UK Competes for Campus Kitchen Launch Grant