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The Market at Virginia Tech can serve up to 75 students each week. The Market offers bags of seasonal produce and fruits; options for beef, poultry, and vegetarian protein; dairy items; dry goods and pantry stock items; and bonus treats. Each weekly bag is enough for roughly 10 days of meals.

If you are an enrolled undergraduate or graduate student and wish to learn more about the Market of Virginia Tech, please submit an interest form.

Once you have submitted an interest form, participants should follow these steps:

  • Set up your account as soon as you receive an email from The Market web site. You will need to have your account and password set up before you can order. An email with a link to the ordering web site will be sent to you.
  • Please place a new order each week. You will can order from 5 p.m. Monday to 5 p.m. Thursday. You can make only one choice from among the three offerings each week.
  • If you need to have someone else pick up food for you, please email themarket@vt.edu with the name and contact information of your designee. When they pick up food for you, they should identify themselves and you, and confirm that you sent an email requesting they pick up for you.
  • To remain an active member of the program, you must place and pick-up orders weekly. Failure to place and pick-up orders on a consistent basis may result in your removal from the program. If you miss two pickups or placing two orders in a row, you will be contacted.

The Market distributes grocery bags every Tuesday from 5 to 8:30 p.m.

The bags contain shelf stable goods like rice and beans, frozen proteins, and fresh produce. Currently our poultry option is Halal. Unfortunately, we are not able to customize orders for specific dietary needs. All offerings with gluten are individually wrapped. If there are items you do not want, please share with friends or roommates.

Pick up is at the Graduate Life Center (GLC) at 155 Otey Street, Blacksburg, VA 24061, at the rear loading dock at the back of the building. The rear loading dock can be accessed from Kent Street. Traveling down Kent Street, look for the Hokie Bookstore on your left and the back of the GLC on your right. Signage will direct you to the parking area.

  • Please maintain social distancing and mask guidelines.
  • Please stay home if you are sick.

We believe that everyone has the right to dignity, privacy, and confidentiality as they seek to meet their own or their family’s food needs. The Dean of Students has been a resource that consistently protects privacy and information confidentiality. We maintain that standard with The Market at Virginia Tech program.

Seeking services from The Market at Virginia Tech can take some courage. It's hard to ask for help and it can certainly be hard to trust another person or an organization with personal information. We know that the questions on The Market at Virginia Tech interest form, in particular, can feel like a lot of private information to share. Please know that we will hold your private information private. We will, however, use your data to improve the program, and we want to be fully transparent about that.

To structure the program in ways that meets student needs, we use student data to make decisions. The information gathered on The Market at Virginia Tech interest form helps us determine how to award our limited funds most responsibly. We also work with the team that prepared an extensive 2019 research study focused on food security and access issues among Virginia Tech undergraduate and graduate students. This team helps us understand participants’ needs, concerns, advice, or suggestions for the program. These surveys are kept confidential and are completely voluntary. Your decision to provide feedback to the research team has no bearing on your ability to access The Market at Virginia Tech or other food resources.

Due to COVID-19 health restrictions, The Market at Virginia Tech will not able to accept volunteers until further notice. Check back here for updates or email themarket@vt.edu to be added to our volunteer list. Thank you for your interest.

The Market of Virginia Tech

themarket@vt.edu
540-231-3787