Campus Kitchen

The Campus Kitchen at Elon University seeks to:

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; and 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.

Campus Kitchen at Elon University logoCampus Kitchen is an on-campus service opportunity through the Kernodle Center for Civic Life that collects unused and unserved food from community partners, including Elon Dining Services, while engaging students, faculty and staff as volunteers who prepare and deliver the meals to those in need in the Burlington community. In addition, volunteers serve at Loy Farm, with food drives, and at community events.

Students can support both Operations and Educational Programming. Contact our CKEU student leaders to get involved in any of the opportunities below.

To sign up to volunteer with Campus Kitchen visit our Phoenix Serve page for current opportunities. Email campuskitchen@elon.edu with any questions.

Operations

Cooking Shifts

Join cooking shift Leaders to create nutritious and delicious meals! No cooking experience necessary, just come ready to have fun and serve our community!

View our photostory to get a sense of what a typical cooking shift looks like.

Delivery Shifts

Join delivery shift Leaders to deliver meals to Allied Churches of Alamance Countyand two senior centers in the area. We provide all transportation–just come ready to help out at Allied Churches!

View our photostory to get a sense of what a typical delivery shift looks like.

Food Resourcing

Volunteers work at Loy Farm.Join members of the leadership team at Elon’s Loy Farm! Volunteers will work on the farm to harvest food that is used in the cooking shifts. The produce is used in cooking shifts and delivered whole to Allied Churches. Email Campus Kitchen for more information.

Food Drives

Join in collecting nutritious food for our community partners! Food drives go to support our primary partners like Salvation Army and Allied Churches. Food drives can be coordinated for a day, a week, or longer. You or your organization can work with our Food Drive Coordinator who can coordinate logistics for your drive and identify current community needs. Contact Campus Kitchen for more information.

Educational Programming

Rise Against Hunger

Sign-up for the annual 1-day Rise Against Hunger Orientation event. Rise Against Hungeris an international hunger relief organization that coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid around the world. Each year our students package nearly 40,000 meals! Join us this year to package even more!

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Campus Kitchen supports the National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week through a week-long series of events in November. Past events have included a “Faces of Homelessness” panel and a food drive.

Food Insecurity Resources

Students and families in need of advice or support around issues related to food and financial insecurity are encouraged to contact the Student Care and Outreach office.  For more information click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I sign up for shifts?

Click here.
If a shift is locked, that means it is reserved for a certain group on campus.
If all shifts are full, keep an eye out for cancellations. We cannot guarantee you a spot if you are not signed up.

What can I expect from a shift?

Cooking shift: You’ll be preparing nutritious hot meals and packing them up to be delivered to Allied Churches.
Farm shift: You’ll work alongside Loy Farm student leaders to harvest produce for our weekly cooking shifts.

What kind of clothes should I wear to shifts?

Cooking shift: Closed-toed shoes (non-slip preferred) and a hat if you do not want to wear a hairnet
Farm shift: Clothes and shoes you can get dirty, weather-appropriate clothes since you will be outside

Can I interview someone from Campus Kitchen for a project/article?

Yes, but you must reach out a week in advance. No day-before interview requests will be granted.

How do I get in contact with Campus Kitchen?

Email campuskitchen@elon.edu! We will typically respond within 48 hours