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Student-powered hunger relief

Campus Kitchens Project is 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. Volunteers have devoted over 2,500 hours with the CKVT since its launch in fall 2015. We are now recovering surplus food from three Virginia Tech dining halls six days a week. 10,000+ pounds of recovered food and 400+ meals have been delivered to our community partner, Radford-Fairlawn Daily Bread.

Serve with us

We need your help this spring! There's opportunities for you to join us each week for the semester or to pick and choose dates. 

  • Pick & choose dates that work for you
    Check out the types of opportunities we have below and sign up for events!
    • Food deliveries Monday - Friday: pack up diverted food and deliver it to our community partners. Help with delivery or become a driver!
    • Cooking shifts on Tuesdays: help prepare nutritious meals to delivery to our partner, Radford-Fairlawn Daily Bread. 
    • Serve with community partners on Thursday & Fridays: join us at Micah’s Backpack and Giving Tree Food Pantry to learn more about their approach to hunger relief. 
  • Semester-long commitment
    • Food diversion: assist with recovering surplus food from dining halls. This is a semester-long commitment (2 hours each week); you are welcome to volunteer for more than one shift per week. All diversion volunteers will complete VT Dining Service Food Safety 100 course before. Check out our diversion schedule below and fill out this form to let us know if you are interested!
      • Monday 1 - 3 p.m.
      • Wednesday 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Delivery shift leaders & drivers: you'll lead food deliveries each week from campus to a community partner. To join us, you'll need to be approved to drive by the VT Engage office and be available to commit to at least one shift each week for the semester. Fill out this form if you are interested!

Why Tech?

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.