The Campus Kitchen at UGA

The Campus Kitchen at UGA is a student-powered hunger relief program of the Office of Service-Learning. Make a difference in our local food system and in the lives of our senior citizens by signing up at one of our volunteer opportunities. See below for our history, volunteer opportunities, and press archives. 

The Campus Kitchen at UGA is a student-powered hunger relief program of the Office of Service-Learning. Each week, students transform unused food from dining halls, grocery stores, restaurants, and farmers markets into meals that are delivered to local agencies serving those in need in Athens, GA.

By taking the initiative to run a community kitchen, students develop entrepreneurial and leadership skills, along with a commitment to serve their community. The Campus Kitchen at UGA goes beyond meals by using food as a tool to participate in nutrition education,combat senior isolation, and create dialogues on food waste and hunger in the UGA community.

The Campus Kitchen at UGA became the 33rd official branch of the Campus Kitchens Project network in the fall of 2012. The Campus Kitchen at UGA focuses on alleviating senior hunger in Athens, GA. Since opening:

157,201 pounds of food recovered and transformed into 50,724 nutritious meals 

829 volunteers have given 10,667 hours of service

636 sessions of going beyond the meal (Lunch Buddy visits, Community Dinners, SNAP applications, and more)

Cooking Connection:  UGA Alumni Magazine, Dec. 2015 Read Online.

Turkeypalooza: UGA Public Service & Outreach, Nov. 2015 Read Online


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The Campus Kitchen at UGA is an opportunity for faculty in departments all over campus to engage students in local community food issues . Whether they are volunteering within the regular operations are doing special projects, there are many ways students can work with Campus Kitchen to meet the needs of the community while enhancing their own learning experience.

To date, over 25 different courses from various departments including Women's Studies, Geography, Foods and Nutrition, Social Work, and more have partnered with Campus Kitchen.

Contact Campus Kitchen coordinator Brad Turner at to learn how you can connect your course, or for more information.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities:

Who We Serve: The Campus Kitchen at UGA prepares and delivers over 200 from-scratch, balanced meals to clients of the Athens Community Council on Aging (ACCA) each week of the year. We collaborate with the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program of the ACCA to distribute meals and groceries to food-insecure families headed by older adults. 

Visit uga.givepulse to view more volunteer opportunities. 

Other Volunteer Programs:

Lunch Buddy: In addition to suffering from lack of access to healthy food, many food-insecure seniors suffer from undernutrition as a result of social isolation. The Lunch Buddy program pairs a UGA student with a homebound older adult for a weekly lunch-time meal, boosting the senior's quality of life and providing a valuable intergenerational exchange. For more information,

Community Dinners: Beginning in the Spring 2016 semester, Campus Kitchen will be serving congregate community dinners to our friends at Denny Tower, a senior living facility of the Athens Housing Authority. Students with the College of Public Health join the residents for a monthly time of fellowship and programming on nutrition, SNAP application assistance, and other topics of interest to the residents. 

Senior SNAP Outreach: Low-income older adults have many barriers to overcome when applying for SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps. Students are trained as Senior SNAP Advocates to to provide application assistance to older adults. This opportunity is currently a service-learning project with the College of Public Health.