Across the country, 1 in 5 students regularly skip meals, having to prioritize other costs associated with college (Swipe Out Hunger, 2018).

Recent studies illuminate that 32% of students claim that hunger has an impact on their education (, 2016)

Ithaca College is working to address food insecurity for students, faculty and staff through a number of initiatives.

Mobile Food Pantry

A mobile food pantry is a truck that delivers fresh produce, dairy products and other food and grocery products directly to campus. Clients are then able to “shop” from the items delivered to choose the items that they need.  Ithaca College has been partnering with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier since the Fall 2017 semester to bring a Mobile Food Pantry to campus monthly during the academic year. 

The mobile Food Pantry at Ithaca College occurs in the Athletics and Events Center at the North-end loading dock from noon to 1.  Those wishing to access the food provided at the Mobile Food Pantry can begin lining up at 11:30am.  Please bring your own reusable bags or boxes if possible.  Ithaca College Public Safety offers will drive students and their groceries back to any on-campus residence halls including the Gardens and Circles.

Mobile Food Pantry dates for the 2020 Calendar year include:

  • Thursday, January 30
  • Tuesday, February 11
  • Thursday April 9
  • Thursday, April 30
  • Tuesday, September 1
  • Tuesday, September 29
  • Thursday, October 29
  • Tuesday, December 1

On-Campus Food Pantry

The on-campus food pantry is a permanent location on campus which stores food and grocery items, personal care products, household paper products, dairy products, frozen foods, and some fresh produce.  The Pantry at Ithaca College is located in the DeMotte room which is located on the lower level of The Emerson Hall/Campus Center building.  It can be accessed from outside the building by using the southernmost entrance near the stairs going from the A&E Center to the Academic Quad. 

The on-campus food pantry hours for the Spring of 2020 are Tuesday from 6-7pm and Friday from 4-5:30pm.

The Pantry is available to all members of the Ithaca College community.

Students, faculty and staff are able to shop and choose the items they need.

Students with an emergency need for food outside the normal open hours of the on-campus food pantry can come to 330 Egbert Hall (VP for Student Affairs and Campus Life Office) to be given access to the Pantry.

To volunteer to work in the on-campus food pantry, faculty, staff and students can sign up here:

Swipe Out Hunger

This student-initiated program allows students on the meal plan to donate one of their allotted guest passes to fellow students facing food insecurity.  This program began in the Fall of 2018 at the initiative of Unagh Frank ’20, a Hillel at IC engagement intern who researched food insecurity for a course during her sophomore year.  Joined by a team of students and with the el of Hillel at IC executive director Lauren Goldberg, Frank worked with Ithaca College Dining Services, Student Financial Services and the ID Office to set up the Swipe Out Hunger program.

Students who wish to donate to Swipe Out Hunger can do so at solicitation tables at the start of each semester. 

Students interested in receiving donated passes should contact Student Financial Services at  Students do not need to have an IC meal plan in order to receive donated passes, and only Student Financial Services and the ID Office will know their identities.

Ways to Support Ithaca College's Efforts to Address Food Insecurity

Ongoing support for the food pantry is always needed and appreciated.  If you are interested in making a gift to support Ithaca College in addressing food insecurity you can do so here. “Designation,” please select and "other" area to support and then specify “IC Fund to Address Food Insecurity.”  

Faculty and staff can also give via ongoing payroll deduction or at this password protected on-line form. Faculty and Staff should select "other" and then specify "IC Fund to Address Food Insecurity" to ensure that your gift is used in support of the Food Pantry.

All gifts will be used to purchase food, personal care items, and other supplies needed by our campus community. 

Other Sources of Support

Student Financial Services Emergency Loan

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Students may also qualify for the Supplementation Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  To qualify you must apply in the state you currently reside.  To see if you might be eligible for SNAP, New York State provides a pre-screening tool.

You may also visit the Office of Student Financial Services located on the second floor of the Peggy Ryan Williams Center for guidance and assistance regarding your SNAP application.