Campus Kitchen

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The Campus Kitchen at University of Detroit Mercy (CK) is student-powered food justice. CK provides students with real opportunities to apply things they learn in the classroom as they design and lead programs that promote equity and sustainability in the food system. As part of the Institute for Leadership and Service, Campus Kitchen student leaders coordinate multiple service opportunities each week that reduce the immediate effects and systemic causes of hunger and food waste. 
2019 : 1,396 volunteer hours; 5 tons of donated food, most was fresh produce and recovered from the waste stream; 805 UDM students involved.

CK’s mission is to develop student leaders through thoughtful engagement with community-led initiatives that promote a more equitable and sustainable food system.

Three core beliefs drive our work: 

  • We need a more just and sustainable food system. Forty percent of the food that's produced in the United States each year ends up in the waste stream. In the city of Detroit, 48% of households lack consistent access to healthy, culturally appropriate, and affordable food. 
  • We believe that hunger and food waste are immediate and systemic problems that college students can help to solve. We work to alleviate the effects of these problems while educating ourselves about their root causes. 
  • We believe that it's a privilege to support positive change in Detroit's food system. Our city is internationally known for the inspiring leaders working to end injustices in the food system, many of whom are our neighbors. We're excited to learn from and support them.

Interested in getting involved with Campus Kitchen?

Want to be a leader who helps plan our great programming on and off campus? We are looking for committee members to join our four teams: Urban Agriculture, Food Recovery Network, Healthy Neighborhoods, and Sustainability. Want to participate in volunteer opportunities? We are also always looking for volunteers for our many service opportunities, including Tuesday & Friday food deliveries. Interested? Fill out our interest survey here or reach out to us by email at campuskitchen@udmercy.eduCheck out our Detroit Mercy Live page for upcoming programs, events, and fundraisers.


Thanks to the Ford Motor Company Fund and our individual our organizational donors for their support. Our programs would not be possible without food donations from Metz Dining ServicesTommy's Smoothies and Snacks, and Western MarketWe are grateful to our the many organizations who collaborate with us on service and educational programs including the Princeton Street Block Club, Lakeridge Village, Xavier University's Immersive Learning, the Greening of Detroit, and a number of urban farms and gardens.

Princeton Street Deliveries

Every week, Campus Kitchen students bring fresh produce to our neighbors on Princeton Street.

Campus Kitchen Invites You

Campus Kitchen invites you to join our team!

Service opportunities

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Join us for a volunteer shift for service-learning, ELP credit, or fun. Check out Detroit Mercy LIVE or email us at

Check out our Detroit Mercy LIVE

Become a CK Leader

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If you're a Detroit Mercy student who feels passionate about food access, fundraising, event planning, health, or community development, consider becoming a part of one of our leadership committees.

Fill out our interest survey to join our team

Connect with Campus Kitchen

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Check out our Facebook and Instagram for updates.

And make sure to read our 2019 Annual Report