Three students carry bags filled with surplus food down a loading dock ramp.
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About the Campus Kitchen at Virginia Tech

The Campus Kitchen at Virginia Tech 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 71,258 pounds of quality, surplus food from Dining Services. 
  • Engaged 500+ volunteers in serving with Campus Kitchen. 
  • Worked 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.

Serve with us

All Hokie students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to join us on Campus Kitchen trips. Sign up for any upcoming trip via our Volunteer Hub.

  • Assist with food diversion for a semester
    Assist with recovering surplus food from VT dining halls, and packaging it for delivery to our community partners. This is a semester-long commitment (two hours per shift each week.) The following shifts need volunteers:

    Mondays 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. 
    Tuesdays 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. 
    Wednesdays 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. 
    Fridays 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

    Interested? Email Mary Case at

  • Food deliveries
    You'll go to each dining hall and package food gathered during diversion shifts in our thermal containers, then pack up a vehicle. Then, you'll deliver the food to our partner hunger relief agencies. Sign up today!

  • Serve with the Giving Tree Food Pantry
    May 4
    Sign up for a trip to serve with the Giving Tree Food Pantry to learn more about other community responses to addressing food insecurity. 

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.

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 into healthy meals that are distributed to food insecure individuals in the area. In spring 2015, Virginia Tech was one of three schools that won a $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 are 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.