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As a program of the UGA Office of Service-Learning, we exist to spotlight sustainable solutions to hunger and food waste and to showcase a mutually beneficial university-community partnership.

Pounds of Food Donated to Agencies
Meals Made from Scratch
Grocery Bags Delivered to Senior-Led Families
Who We Are

The Campus Kitchen at UGA is the student-powered hunger relief program of the UGA Office of Service-Learning.

We exist to spotlight sustainable solutions to hunger and food waste and to showcase a mutually beneficial university-community partnership.

We engage UGA students and faculty to help develop sustainable solutions to food waste and hunger.

Since 2012, Campus Kitchen has served over 112,000 meals and recovered 492,646 pounds of food.

Student Impact

Campus Kitchen runs a weekly food recovery and redistribution enterprise led by UGA student volunteers.

Student leaders and volunteers transform unused food from grocery stores and farms into meals and groceries that are delivered to older adults and human service agencies in Athens, Georgia.

Students are equipped, connected, and inspired to be change-makers through hands-on learning to become the sustainable solution to food waste and hunger.

Community Impact

Clients in our community receive nourishment and fellowship through the revealed power of redeemed food.

Our work helps our community grow in its understanding of the systemic challenges facing older adults and our food system. This results in the continued advancement towards collaborative solutions.

The Campus Kitchen at UGA goes beyond providing just meal service by using food as a tool to combat senior isolation and foster community connections.

Our Story

Georgia ranks 9th in the nation for hunger among senior citizens, and 1 in 5 residents of Athens-Clarke County are at risk of hunger. 


In 2010, the Office of Service-Learning identified interest among the UGA community to engage with food systems through experiential learning. At the same time, students and faculty in the Geography Department and Women’s Studies Institute identified food security needs for clients of the Athens Community Council on Aging.

In 2012, the program became formally affiliated with the Campus Kitchens Project, the national collections of Campus Kitchens on 70+ university campuses across the country. UGA was the 33rd Campus Kitchen to open, and the 1st in Georgia. 

In 2013-2014 Campus Kitchen won the Most Innovative Program Award as well as the 2014-2015 Pillar of the Community Award at The H. Gordon and Francis S. Davis SOAR Awards. 

In 2019 Campus Kitchen separated form The Campus Kitchens Project in Washington DC and became its own separate organization, Campus Kitchen at the University of Georgia. 


Today, the Campus Kitchen at UGA serves over 700 meals each month to older adults, their families, and aging service providers, as well as engage in community dinners and senior community gardens.

Campus Kitchen partners with the Athens Community Council on AgingUGArden, Trader Joe’s on Epps Bridge, Athens Farmers Market, Collective Harvest, UGA Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, and UGA Foods and Nutrition Department in our everyday operations. Campus Kitchen is also a part of the Athens Senior Hunger Coalition. Learn more about our operations, donors and client base here.

Our Leadership Team

Andie BiscegliaCampus Kitchen Program Coordinator

Andie takes on many responsibilities to support CK’s mission and keep the organization running smoothly.

From hiring interns and shift leaders to lending a helping hand at volunteer shifts, she does it all while fostering a culture of kindness and teamwork within our program. The Program Coordinator also manages CK’s partnerships with community-based and campus-based organizations.

Alex Ruano – Graduate Assistant

I’m currently a graduate student, pursuing a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology. Aside from my program, I also do sexual health research with a professor in the College of Public Health. My time with OSL began last summer, which is when I served as the VISTA Summer Associate for Campus Kitchen. Then, in August 2022, I became one of the CK graduate assistants, as the Volunteer Coordinator. I have been involved in several projects and events in the past year, such as Turkeypalooza and the Gulf South Summit.

Caitlin Grdinich – Graduate Assistant

My name is Caitlin Grdinich, and I am currently in the Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health dual degree program here at UGA. I started with OSL back in the fall of 2021 when I participated in the Public Service and Outreach Student Scholar program. The following spring, I was placed with Campus Kitchen and have been an intern ever since. For my graduate assistantship, I have taken on the role of Campus Kitchen Food Trailer Coordinator. Our food trailer is a fully functioning kitchen that we bring to various events around the community, and we are able to serve hot and ready meals wherever we go. I have also continued to work with the PSO Student Scholar program.

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