The Campus Kitchen at Virginia Tech

A student loads a food delivery bag into the Campus Kitchen van.

What we do

The Campus Kitchen is a VT Engage program that combats hunger and food waste by redirecting unserved and unused food from Virginia Tech Dining Services to area hunger relief agencies. Since launching in fall 2015, we have:

  • Diverted over 146,000 pounds of quality, unserved food from campus to community. Curious how much that is? Well, one female African elephant is 6,600 pounds - so that's about 22 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 six Virginia Tech dining centers: Dietrick, West End, Owens, Squires, Southgate, and Turner Place.
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One in Eight

One in eight Virginians struggles with issues related to food security, and there is a great need in our region to provide services to get food to those in need.

Where is the Campus Kitchen located?

Currently, we do not have a dedicated physical space. We work in dining halls to divert and store diverted food. We hope to have a space in the near future to expand our operations!

Requests for accommodations & other questions

If you are an individual with a disability & desire an accommodation, welcome! Please contact Catherine Cotrupi, assistant director for campus and community engagement, at cotrupi@vt.edu or 540-231-9186 at least 10 business days prior to the shift you have registered for. All other questions may also be directed to Catherine.

Host a dry meal event

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.

Here’s how to host an event:

  • Contact the Campus Kitchen team at engage@vt.edu to get started. We’ll give you all the details on how to host your food drive and help schedule the food packing event.
  • Hold a food drive. You’ll work with your participants to collect ingredients and supplies.
  • Host a packing event in your office. We’ll join you to help run the event and engage your group in a reflective conversation on the impact the meals will have.