The Warm Hearth Foundation, Sodexo and The Campus Kitchen at Virginia Tech (VT) are working together to reclaim excess food from the dining room at the Kroontje Health Care Center (KHCC) and the dining halls at VT to serve to seniors who live on low, fixed incomes at North and South Trollinger and New River House apartments at Warm Hearth Village.
Starting Wednesday, December 5, and then the first Wednesday of each month, a complimentary Noon meal will be provided at Karr Activity Center on Warm Hearth’s campus. Residents can dine in or have a meal delivered. Fifty-five people turned out for the first offering and organizers are hoping to see that number grow as they estimate there are more than 150 seniors who could benefit from the program. “The soup was really good, and the servers were so gracious,” said resident Kathy Westfall. “As word gets out more and more people will come and I think this will be a real success.”
The idea originated with Steve Watkins, Sodexo Dining Manager at KHCC and, with the help of staff in other areas, soon became part of the many offerings under the Micah’s umbrella for seniors at the Blacksburg-based retirement community.