Give & Go Donations

Each year, UK Recycling partners with multiple community groups to donate usable unwanted items students living on campus choose to donate instead of throwing away. UK Recycling places Give & Go Donation Stations in the lobby of every residence hall on campus during the last weeks of each semester.

a male student smiling as he puts clothes in a blue bin with a sign that says Give and Go Donation Station

The following items are accepted:

  • Clothing
  • Shoes
  • Household items—reusable plates, cups, mirrors, plastic drawer organizer, lamps, etc.
  • Bedding—sheets, comforter, pillows, mattress topper
  • Linens and towels
  • Non-perishable, unopened food

Thanks to our participating partners—Big Blue Pantry and Goodwill Industries.

A chart bar graph showing the number of donations in pounds from 2017 to 2023. The donations were for the semi-annual give and go.

NOTE: Donations were low in 2020 due to a stark decline in residents throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.


Who Can Participate?

Any student living on campus (undergraduate, graduate, sorority & fraternity) can participate in this program.

Each residence hall receives a large blue bin (pictured below) for the lobby. Sororities and Fraternities will need to call 859-257-6234 to request a collection of donations.

a blue bin with a sign that says Give and Go Donation Station in a building


What Happens to the Donations?

Household items & non-food items are donated to:

  • Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, a community based non-profit organization that provides employment to Kentuckians who are recovering from addiction, reentering society from incarceration, lacking education or transportation, unhoused or homeless, surviving chronic poverty, or living with an intellectual or physical disability.

Non-perishable food items are donated to:

  • Big Blue Pantry, a campus organization that serves University of Kentucky students who are experiencing food insecurity or hunger.





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