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 (studentsagainsthunger.org, 2016)

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

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 Egbert Hall/Campus Center building.  For the Fall 2020 semester, it can be accessed from the Information Desk in the Campus Center.

The pantry will remain accessible during the hours that the Campus Center is open Tuesdays through Sundays. The Pantry will be closed on Mondays to allow us time to restock and do a thorough cleaning of the space.  Starting September 7 the Campus Center open hours are Monday – Friday from 8:00am – 7:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm.  

All members of the campus community can utilize the pantry by stopping by the information desk.  Shoppers should bring their IC ID with them.  You will be asked to stop at a table near the information desk (placed away for the safety of you and the staff at the desk), to show your ID, and give your name to the information desk staff person.  They will then let you know how to access the pantry.  You will be provided with gloves and with a sanitizing wipe that you should use to wipe down any surfaces you touch in the pantry.

Shoppers are limited to one bag of food per visit but can visit as often as they need to in order to provide for their needs.  Shoppers should bring their own reusable grocery bag (limited plastic bags are available).

The pantry will remain open as long as we are able to continue to keep it stocked.  We ask that shoppers are responsible and respectful and take only what they need and will use in a short period of time.  Shoppers also should have completed the Community Agreement and be participating regularly in the campus-sponsored COVID testing program.

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. 

For the Fall 2020 semester, the Mobile Food Pantry has been suspended.  We anticipate starting this serve in the Spring of 2021 when students return to campus.

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 help 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.

The Swipe Out Hunger Program has been suspended for the Fall 2020 semester.

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

For the Fall Semester of 2020 donations of non-perishable items and toiletries will not be accepted by the Pantry.  We are doing everything we can to protect students, faculty and staff from the Coronavirus and accepting food from individual donors carries additional risk.

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.

Student Research on Food Insecurity

As students conduct research on food insecurity we will post links and information here.