Students on the Health Sciences and Technology campus got an early holiday treat recently when Virginia Tech Dining Services brought them 100 Thanksgiving meals.

Brian Grove, dining services senior associate director, drove the meals to Roanoke to hand out to Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health graduate students and other students in Fralin Biomedical Research Institute labs and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.

Leanna Blevins, associate vice president for health sciences academic affairs, and Tess Blethyn, assistant dean of students, helped distribute turkey, stuffing, gravy, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options.

Students alerted to the meals being delivered lined up in the Riverside 2 cafeteria to wait for them.

“The thoughtfulness and inclusive actions of one person, Brian Grove, made such a difference,” Blevins said. “On behalf of the students who received a Thanksgiving meal, thank you to Virginia Tech Dining Services for the delicious meals and your efforts to pack and deliver them to our Roanoke campus. I extend my gratitude to Brian, Tess, and to everyone in Student Affairs for making the efforts to be inclusive of students in Roanoke.”

Unloading meals from van
Pumpkin pie pieces
Meal distribution
Tess Blethyn, Brian Groves, Leanna Blevins
From left, Tess Blethyn, Brian Groves, and Leanna Blevins.