Campus Kitchen

Student-Powered Hunger Relief

The Campus Kitchen at IUPUI (CKIUPUI) is a student-powered food rescue and hunger relief initiative and a model of social, economic, and environmental entrepreneurship where students address social challenges with sustainable solutions. 

CKIUPUI rescues food from going to waste, transforms it into healthy meals, and serves to those experiencing food insecurity on campus and in the community. CKIUPUI employs a lean operating model of utilizing rescued food, existing university kitchen space, and volunteers to prepare and serve meals. 

CKIUPUI is administered by IUPUI Sustainability with direct support from IUPUI Food Services. CKIUPUI would not exist without the support provided by our campus and community partners. Running a Campus Kitchen builds leadership skills, offers entrepreneurial opportunities, and fosters personal and community relationships students use today and carry with them into future careers.


  • Strengthen bodies by using existing resources to meet hunger and nutritional needs in our community
  • Empower minds by providing leadership and service learning opportunities to students, and educational benefits to adults, seniors, children and families in need
  • Build communities by fostering a new generation of community-minded adults through resourceful and mutually beneficial partnerships among students, social service agencies, businesses and schools.

Since 2014, CKIUPUI has rescued over 35,000 pounds of food with the help of over 2,200 student volunteers who have served over 11,700 meals to those in need.

  • Ashabul Alam
  • Dayquan Elliott
  • Dylan Patterson

  • Holy Family Shelter
  • IUPUI PAWS Pantry
  • IUPUI Gather at The Table - on campus community meals
  • Ronald McDonald House at Riley Hospital
  • St. Philip's Episcopal Church
  • Wheeler Mission Men's Residential
  • Wheeler Mission Women's & Children Shelter

Volunteer with The Campus Kitchen at IUPUI

With multiple ways to get involved, we are always looking for dedicated volunteers in the following areas:

Cooking Shifts: Assist CKIUPUI Shift Leaders in creating a nutritious meal. No cooking experience necessary, just come ready to have fun and serve our community!

Delivery Shifts: Assist CKIUPUI Shift Leaders with delivering the meals to local pantries, homeless shelters, and community centers. Volunteers will assist with the meal delivery preparations and/or clean-up. We provide all transportation--just come ready to help out.

Food Rescue Shifts: Assist the CKIUPUI Shift Leaders with rescuing food from donor agencies.

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IUPUI Sustainability

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