Members of the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) Board of Advisors and the Corporate Volunteer Council of Montgomery County Board of Directors, along with Silver Diner Executive Chef and Co-founder Ype Von Hengst joined students from the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore’s (UMES) Campus Kitchens Project at USG to help prepare healthy meals for Gaithersburg families in need.

Campus Kitchens at USG is a service-learning program embedded into the curriculum of the UMES Hotel and Restaurant Management program at USG. Students in the program work to coordinate, prepare, and deliver hundreds of meals per month to The Dwelling Place, a transitional home in Gaithersburg, Md. for Montgomery County families experiencing homelessness. 

Students at USG plan the meals, obtain the food, run the cooking shifts and organize the drivers to deliver the meals to The Dwelling Place.  Since its start in 2008, UMES Campus Kitchens Project at USG has prepared more than 10,000 meals for families at The Dwelling Place.