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About the Campus Kitchen at Virginia Tech

The Campus Kitchen at Virginia Tech (CKVT) is a VT Engage program that combats hunger and food waste by redirecting quality, surplus food from VT Dining Services to area hunger relief agencies.

Since its launch in fall 2015, Campus Kitchen has diverted nearly 10 tons of food waste from Dining Services and transformed these ingredients into meals for food insecure populations served by five different nonprofit partners. More than 328 volunteers have served 3,500+ hours with Campus Kitchen. We work with four hunger relief agencies across the New River Valley: the Giving Tree Food Pantry, Micah's Backpack, New River Valley Agency on Aging, and Radford-Fairlawn Daily Bread.

Where is the Campus Kitchen located? Currently, we do not have a dedicated physical space. We work in dining halls to divert and store surplus food, and use a lab kitchen in Wallace hall for cooking shifts.

Sign up for an upcoming trip

Sign up for delivery and cooking shifts, and service trips with our community partners via our Volunteer Hub. All Hokie students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to join us! 

Summer 2017 opportunities (Friday, May 26 to Friday, August 18):

  • Assist with food deliveries to community partners. | Every Wednesday & Friday this summer
  • Volunteers head to dining halls to pack up diverted food and assist with delivering the food to our community partners in Christiansburg and Radford. 
    Time commitment: ~2-3 hours per shift

  • Serve with one of our community partners.
    Sign up for a trip to the Giving Tree Food Pantry or Micah's Backpack to learn more about how these organizations address food insecurity in our region.
    Time commitment: ~2-3 hours per trip. 

  • Host a food drive & dry soup packing event.
    In partnership with the New River Valley Agency on Aging, this program provides easy-to-prepare meals for seniors on the weekends. Host a food drive to collect supplies, then hold a soup packing event with your student group, residence hall, or co-workers! Contact our team at engage@vt.edu for more details on this opportunity.

Academic year only:

  • Participate in cooking shifts.
    Help prepare nutritious side dishes to deliver to CKVT community partner Radford-Fairlawn Daily Bread. No cooking experience necessary!
    Time commitment: ~2 hours per shift. 

  • Commit to food diversion in dining halls. Assist with recovering surplus food from various dining halls. All diversion volunteers complete the VT Dining Service Food Safety 100 course.
    Time commitment: semester-long commitment (2 hours each week.)

Why Tech?

Our chapter is part of the Campus Kitchens Project, a national organization that promotes students getting involved combating food waste and hunger. Students in collegiate chapters across the nation collect surplus food from on-campus dining halls and help transform it to healthy meals that are distributed to food insecure individuals in the area. In spring 2015, Virginia Tech was one of three schools that won $5,000 grant to help start up a campus chapter. 

One in eight Virginians struggles with food insecurity, and there is a great need in our region to provide services to get food to those in need. This program is an ideal fit for Virginia Tech for several reasons. 

Ut Prosim
 (That I May Serve) is an integral part of our culture at Tech, and with a Campus Kitchen chapter, we will be able to build upon food recovery work already being done in our dining halls, raise awareness about hunger issues in our region, and help connect more students with these important issues.

We also have a focus on sustainability at Tech, and re-directing perfectly good food to our neighbors is an exciting way to reduce our food waste. Finally, we all know what a fabulous dining program we have at Tech; this program is just another way of demonstrating how innovative dining services is. Check out the video that won us our start-up grant.