The Campus Kitchen at Kent State University


Thank you for your interest in the Campus Kitchen at Kent State University (CKKSU). We are a student-run kitchen that runs on recovered food, shared kitchen space in Beall Hall, and volunteers who want to make a difference!

CKKSU is a part of the national Campus Kitchen Project and was started by KSU students in 2011. By recovering food that otherwise would go to waste, the kitchen is able to prepare 350+ nutritious meals each week for those struggling with food insecurity.

We also collaborate with the Center for Nutrition Outreach at Kent to provide fresh food for the Mighty Pack program and prepare food samples for the Haymaker Farmers’ Market. Finally, CKKSU delivers fresh food to the Women’s Center food pantry on Thursdays.

Join our leadership team!

2018 Stats

Pounds of food recovered:
79,638 lbs
Number of meals served:
14,600 meals 
Hours of Service:
3,650 hours
Food pantry distribution:
22,400 lbs 


Community partners

Center of Hope, Haymaker Farmers' Market, Kent Social Services, Portage Metropolitan Housing Authority, Springtime of Hope, Trader Joes, Trinity Lutheran Church, Upper Room Ministries 

Click on a link below to learn more and sign up for a shift, or click here to view full volunteer calendar.

Cooking Shifts

Help prepare meals for those in need. Learn valuable cooking skills, food handling techniques, and recipes. Meals are prepared for Upper Room Ministries, Kent Social Services, Center of Hope, Springtime of Hope, and Kentway Apartments.

Check out our Volunteer Calendar

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Farmer's Market

Join us at the Haymaker Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings. Promote the Campus Kitchen, handout food samples, and recover food from local farmers.

 Register for Farmer's Market

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Food pantry

Volunteer or shop! Distribute food at our on-campus food pantry and/or shop for supplemental groceries. Open to all students, faculty, staff, and community members.

Monday Evenings

Friday Afternoons

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PB&J Prep Shift

Make PB&J sandwiches and sack meals for a food insecure population served by Springtime of Hope in Akron on Friday afternoons.

Register For PB&J Prep Shift

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