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The Campus Kitchen at Virginia Tech

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We're going virtual for fall!

Due the COVID-19 pandemic, the VT Engage team will be going virtual for Fall Semester. While this is a change from our normal operations, the health and wellbeing of our leaders, participants, and community partners come first. We are working on a series of virtual workshops and designing ways that we can stay connected while socially distancing.

To remain up to date on this evolving situation, we encourage all Hokies to visit the following links:


Support our community

The United Way of the New River Valley set up a COVID-19 webpage that lists nonprofit needs in the New River Valley. They have also established a COVID-19 response fund to raise money quickly to support local nonprofits. We recommend contributing if and how you can, and/or reaching out to the United Way that is local to you. If you have items to add to the United Way NRV's website, please contact Sara Bohn at info@unitedwaynrv.org or (540) 381-2066

What we do

The Campus Kitchen program is a partnership between VT Engage and Virginia Tech Dining Services. Campus Kitchen works to increase food access and to reduce food waste by redirecting unserved food from on-campus dining centers to hunger relief agencies in the New River Valley. Since launching in fall 2015, we have:

  • Diverted over 192,000 pounds of quality, unserved food from campus to community. Curious how much that is? Well, the average female African elephant is 6,600 pounds - so that's 29 elephants!
  • Worked with six hunger relief agencies and other nonprofits: Radford-Fairlawn Daily Bread, the Giving Tree Food Pantry, Plenty! Farm and Food Bank, New River Valley Agency on Aging, Warm Hearth Village, and the YMCA after school program.
  • Worked with nine Virginia Tech dining centers: D2, Deet's Place, West End Market, Owens Food Court, Hokie Grill, Au Bon Pain, Southgate, Burger '37, and Turner Place.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Unfortunately, our program is not set up to assist individuals. In order to reach the most amount of people, we work with local nonprofits to supplement their existing programs. If you are a current Virginia Tech student, please check out the following resources to assist you with getting your needs met:

  • The Dean of Students office: offers emergency grants that help with issues such as food and housing needs. Contact the team at 540-231-3787 (after hours number: enter 540-231-6411 then press 1) or dean.students@vt.edu.
  • 209 Manna Ministries: VT students can shop for food on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 4 - 6:30 p.m. While the organization is located inside a Methodist campus ministry, all are welcome. Learn more on their website.
  • Interfaith Food Pantry: qualified residents of Blacksburg and McCoy are welcome to shop at this pantry, which is open weekly Monday and Tuesday from 4 – 6 pm and Wednesday and Friday from 10 am – 11:30 am.Learn more on their website.
  • Other community resources can be found in the NRV Food Assistance Directory.

Campus Kitchen at Virginia Tech does not have a physical kitchen; rather, we work with campus dining centers to divert unserved food to community pantries and food access non-profits.

One in eight Virginians struggles with issues related to food security, and there is a great need in our region to increase food access for individuals and families.

Requests for accommodations & other questions

If you are an individual with a disability & desire an accommodation, welcome! Please contact Kas Church, campus and community engagement coordinator, at kasc@vt.edu or 540-231-1113 at least 10 business days prior to the shift you have registered for. All other questions may also be directed to Kas.

Dry meals program

This Campus Kitchen program works with the New River Valley Agency on Aging’s Meals on Wheels initiative to provide prepared dry meals for the agency’s clients. These meals require only adding hot water, and are easily stored for later use.

Events paused until spring 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not scheduling dry meal events at this time.

  • Contact the Campus Kitchen team at engage@vt.edu with any questions.