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Food Assistance

Students on the Health Sciences and Technology campus in Roanoke have access to several resources for food and financial assistance, both through the university and in the community.

Pocket Pantry

HS&T Campus, Room 205B, 1 Riverside Circle

The Pocket Pantry is currently stocked to include “non-perishable” vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free food options, as well as hygiene products. The pantry is intended to help students get through emergencies or difficult times. The pantry is not intended to provide regular lunch or snacks for students. Items will be replenished as needed as we receive donations. Donations can be dropped off in the Center for Inclusion. If you have questions, need assistance, or wish to make a donation, please contact Assistant Dean Tess Blethyn in the Virginia Tech Dean of Students Office.

SNAP Benefits

Eligible students may receive up to $250 per month to by groceries (or more with a spouse or children) through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). 

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federally funded monthly benefit available to individuals and households meeting predetermined asset and income criteria. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, temporarily expanded limitations to SNAP eligibility access, opening possibilities for college students enrolled in higher education at least half-time, under the new following criteria:

  • Students with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0 based on their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
  • Students eligible to participate in the federal or state work-study program during the current academic year (this applies even if a work-study assignment has not started or is not available).
  • Students who purchase and prepare their food alone, i.e., do not live in a residence hall and receive their meals through a meal plan.

To apply, visit to check your eligibility, or contact your local department of social  services.

Virginia Tech

If you are struggling with access to financial or food resources, Virginia Tech has several options to help meet your needs.

Student Emergency Fund

  • All students may request money from the Student Emergency Fund through the Dean of Students office.
  • Additionally, students struggling with access to food may request gift cards to area grocery stores from the Dean of Students office.

The Market of Virginia Tech

Students may also request to be part of the Market of Virginia Tech, a program which provides food assistance to students who have a hard time obtaining regular, healthy meals for whatever reason, such as a short-term disruption in finances, residing in a food desert, or a lack of access to other financial assistance. The Market will offer bags of seasonal produce and fruits; options for beef, poultry, and vegetarian protein; dairy items; dry-goods pantry stock items; and bonus treats. Each weekly bag will be enough for roughly seven days’ worth of meals.

Community Resources

Numerous organizations in the Roanoke region operate food distribution programs, including non-profits and faith-based organizations.