Student Groups and Activities

University of Kentucky students are engaged in a diverse variety of food systems related activities, including:

  • Agronomy Club: The purpose of the Agronomy Club is to stimulate interest in Agronomy among college students, foster a spirit of cooperation and mutual helpfulness among students in Agronomy, to provide an opportunity for development of leadership abilities of students, to provide an opportunity for a wider acquaintance with agronomic workers and problems of other sections of the U.S. and too correlate activities in Agronomy with those in closely related fields of endeavor.
  • Animal and Food Sciences Graduate Association: Open opportunities for fellow graduates to meet, interact, and learn about research within the department. Provide opportunities for professional development. Organize social gatherings for graduate interaction and discussion. Help new members discover opportunities at the University.
  • Beyond the Blue: Raise awareness of poverty on a global and local scale through a variety of events, programs, and initiatives to improve the lives of those in the most need 
  • Big Blue Pantry serves University of Kentucky students who are experiencing food insecurity or hunger.
  • The Campus Kitchen at University of Kentucky: (CKUK) is an on-campus student service organization that was established in April, 2014 with faculty support from the Department of Dietetics & Human Nutrition. CKUK is an affiliate of the national The Campus Kitchens Project (CKP), which provides a sustainable approach to reducing food waste on college campuses while also providing healthy meals to those struggling with hunger.
  • ChefMed aims to promote knowledge and appreciation of cooking, food, and nutrition in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.
  • Greenhouse Living and Learning Program: is a program designed to connect incoming freshmen interested in sustainability. All of our students live together in Woodland Glen II, take a connected course in sustainability, and participate in social and academic co-curricular activities!
  • Greenthumb promotes the health of the UK community through environmental stewardship to ensure clean air and water for all students. As an activist group, we vigorously encourage the university to reduce UK’s carbon emissions to help alleviate global climate change. Overall, we desire to see the university end its dependence on coal and advance efforts towards renewable energy and sustainable practices.
  • National Hunger and Homelessness Week: empowering students to advocate for the homeless.  Opportunties to serve through food collection, in sheters, and raise awarenessof the plight of the homeless.
  • Oxfam Club: A student-run organization that works to right the wrongs of poverty, hunger and social injustice. We host events to educate students on issues of global inequality and poverty as well as host fundraisers for issues like the Syrian Refugee Crisis. Our ultimate goal is to grow as global citizens and leaders while serving the mission of Oxfam America. Please email with any questions!
  • Spoon University at UK: A food publication for students, run by students. It's an everyday resource for students to learn new recipes, life hacks, where to eat places on campus, and so much more.
  • SSTOP Hunger: Sustainable Solutions to Overcome Poverty leads the University of Kentucky on the War on Hunger. On December 9, 2014, UK President Eli Capilouto signed the President's Commitment to Food and Nutrition Security at the United Nations in New York City, a declaration acknowledging the University's commitment to making food insecurity a priority. The purpose is to engage Faculty, staff, and students across disciplines in developing and implementing a strategy to solve hunger and malnutrition through hunger awareness and consciousness-raising, fundraising, advocacy, and academic initiatives (teaching, research, and outreach).
  • Students for local Food: associated with a student-started grant project titled The Local Food Integration Initiative and run by UK student volunteers, the initiative is committed to promoting a locally sourced food supply on campus by educating students, and will achieve this through a mobile app, campaigning and student volunteer work.

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