The Campus Kitchen at University of Kentucky
Winner of the 2021 UK Student Organization of the Year
Make Life-Changing Contributions Through Student-Powered Hunger Relief
The Campus Kitchen at the University of Kentucky (CKUK) is a student-powered organization dedicated to reducing food waste and eliminating food insecurity. We recover food and produce from campus dining facilities, grocery stores, and farmers markets to prepare healthy, balanced meals for those experiencing poverty, hunger, isolation, and/or homelessness in the Lexington and UK community. CKUK also works to target the root causes of hunger and food waste on campus and in the community through education and programming. Contact us for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Internship and research opportunities available based on the student's specific interest and needs.
Fast Facts: Fall 2014-Fall 2021
This student-led model has made an approximate economic impact of more than $204,000.
Our volunteers have recovered more than 68 thousand pounds of food from local grocers and restaurants. More than 1/4 was fresh produce and the recovery has saved 7 million gallons of water
The Campus Kitchen has served more than 28 thousand meals to students and communities in need which has impacted 3,000 individuals in communities in need in the Lexington area.
Nearly 8 thousand UK students have stepped up in a big way to serve their community. These students come from more than 100 majors who have accumulated 12,500 volunteer hours.
Become a Volunteer
Dealing with the challenges of today requires problem-solvers who bring different perspectives and are willing to take risks. The Campus Kitchen at the University of Kentucky emerged out of a pursuit to inspire and support the community, and a desire for actions to speak louder than words. Established in 2000, we’re an organization driven by progressive ideas, bold actions, and a strong foundation of support.
If you're a new volunteer, we recommend you try out a cooking shift to get introduced to the organization and its mission. Volunteers are always needed for the Wednesday morning cooking shifts ahead of Farm-to-Fork! For directions on how to sign up, review the instructions below.
Recover food from farms, farmers' markets, grocery stores and restaurants and dining facilities on campus. Volunteers collect items being donated and deliver them back to our kitchen.
Free Meals & Activities
Visit BBNvolved-CKUK to find event activities and RSVP for events, like our free, locally-sourced lunches and community dinners for students struggling with hunger. We provide to-go lunches each Wednesday on campus.BBNvolved
Help the Community
You can assist in eliminating food waste and lowering food insecurity by donating to our organization. Gifts to this fund help offset operational expenses of CKUK as we work to offer more meals, reduce food waste, and empower the community.Donate
Make Our Recipies
Follow our CKUK blog and learn how to make the healthy, seasonal meals you enjoyed at Farm to Fork or one of our cooking events. Share comments to let our volunteers know what recipes you enjoyed and about your cooking experience.Blog
CKUK In the News
Become a Member
Members are required to volunteer at least 10 hours per semester, attend at least one shift captain meeting per semester and submit a reflection about your volunteer experiences with CKUK. Membership is granted once all of these steps are completed. Request to join BBNvolved-CKUK and you will be added to our email list and receive organization-wide updates and information about events.
Learn more about how Campus Kitchen at the University of Kentucky operates by reading our bylaws.