Campus Kitchen

Campus Kitchen

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The Campus Kitchen at University of Kentucky

Winner of the 2021 and 2022 UK Student Organization of the Year

Campus Kitchen Fund

Give to The Campus Kitchen at the University of Kentucky to support students in eliminating food insecurity and food waste.

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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

Internship and research opportunities available based on student interest. Contact us to learn more!

Earn Course Credit

Working with CKUK can earn credit hours in several courses including DHN 320 as part of the Certificate in Food Systems and Hunger Studies.

Review the Certificate

Fast Facts: Fall 2014-Fall 2022

This student-led model has made an approximate economic impact of more than $240,000.



Our volunteers have recovered more than 80 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 30 thousand meals to students and communities in need which has impacted 4,000 individuals in communities in need in the Lexington area.



More than 9 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 15,000 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.

Volunteer Instructions

Students pose around recovered produce

Recovery Shift

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.


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Cooking Shift

Prepare healthy, homemade meals that will later be distributed to students or local communities in need. Volunteers combine fresh, recovered foods into well-balanced meals.


Students pose with to-go boxes ready for delivery

Delivery Shift

Deliver healthy, prepared meals to residents in Lexington and students on campus. Learn more about the variety of delivery shifts and dates volunteers are needed.


Get Involved

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.


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.


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.


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.

Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition

204 Funkhouser Building
Lexington, KY 40506


Contact Information

Dr. Tammy J. Stephenson, PhD, FAND
Department Chair & Professor

202 Funkhouser Building Lexington, KY 40506-0054

+1 (859) 257-3800