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Campus Kitchen Program Aims To Repurpose Unused Food

A group of University of Kentucky students are taking part in a program that takes the old adage "waste not, want not" to heart.

The effort, dubbed “Campus Kitchen,” has students preparing meals with unused UK Dining food and produce from the UK College of Agriculture Food and Environment’s Horticulture Research farm. The results are delivered to a variety of local charities.

Program leader and UK sophomore Walter Brown tells UKNow the idea is gaining traction on campus.

"We get a bad rap as just to go to downtown Lexington and just hit the bars or burn couches after we've won the national championship. There are a lot of students here who care and want to do good work," he says.

And for Brown, the cause hits home.

"I come from a background of poverty and we had a lot of help from some of the organizations that are similar to the ones that we're helping, so for me it was giving back," he explains.

This December, more than a hundred students have signed up to help.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.