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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 Summer 2021 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.  The Campus Center open hours are Monday – Sunday from 8:00am – 8:00pm.

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.  

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 should be vaccinated against COVID-19 and participate in the daily screening program.

Pantry Hours - Summer 2021

The on-Campus Pantry will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 8:00am - 8:00pm.

Chef Applegarth makes a delicious meal from food pantry items.

Chef Applegarth's recipes

Turkey Meatloaf

1 ½ pounds Ground turkey

¼ cups chopped carrots

¼ cups chopped celery

¼ cups chopped onions

Egg replacer for 2 eggs (or 2 eggs)

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon granulated garlic

1 1 /2 teaspoon ketchup

Combine all ingredients but ½ teaspoon ketchup put into 1 loaf pan bake at 325° F for 35-45 min or until Internal temp reaches 165° F.

Take out of oven and let rest for 10 min top with ½ tsp Ketchup. Ready for slicing.

Rice pilaf

1 cup of white rice

2 cups chicken stock

¼ cups chopped carrots

¼ cups chopped celery

¼ cups chopped onions

Salt and pepper to taste

1 TBSP canola oil

Place oil in pan cook vegetables for 5 min on med heat. Add rice toast rice for 2 min then add stock

Bring to a boil stirring rice for 10-12 min turn off heat and let rest for 10 min fluff with fork and taste for salt and pepper.

Canned mix vegetables - Jazzed Up.

1 TBSP of oil

1 TBSP Chopped Shallots or any chopped fresh herb I prefer fresh Basil

Drain vegetable, add oil to pan, add shallots cook for a min on med heat, add vegetables . Taste for salt add fresh herbs at very end.

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. 

We are unsure of the Mobile Pantry will be available for the Fall 2021 semester.  In the meantime, please utilize the on-campus pantry for your food needs.

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 is in effect for the Spring 2021 semester.   To combat food insecurity on our campus students with unlimited meal plans can offer up 2 of their guest meal passes this semester by simply filling out this formThis semester, with no guests allowed on campus, put those guest passes that come with your meal plans to great use!

Sharing your extra swipes takes less than 30 secondsThis semester, with no guests on campus, this is the perfect use for those guest passes that come included with all 20/week meal plans. 

Students who would like to secure meal swipes can simply contact Student Financial Services at sfs@ithaca.edu to receive packages of 15 meal swipes put onto your card.  Students can use this resource at any dining location, and "reload" more than once- as needed!  You do NOT need to be on a meal plan to receive meal swipes.   We believe that healthy, accessible food is a basic human right, and that ensuring that everyone in our IC family are afforded that right is at the foundation of who we are as a campus community.  Across the country, 1 in 5 students regularly skip meals, having to prioritize other costs associated with college. This time, more than ever, we NEED you to share your swipes!    For more information about the program on our campus check out our FAQs. For more about Swipe Out Hunger as a national organization read here.

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

For the Summer 2021 semester 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. Under “Designation,” please select an "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 Supplemental 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.

Catholic Charities will also assist students in signing up for SNAP.  You can contact Amber Podolec at Amber.Podolec@dor.org or via phone at 607-272-5062.  If you get their voice mail, press 1 for the Ithaca Office and then 21 for Amber's extension.

Tompkins County Resources

Other resources available in Tomkins County include:

GreenStar's FLOWER (Fresh Local Organic Within Everyone's Reach)

Covid-19 Food Resources in Tompkins County:
For Consumers: https://consumer.citompkins.org

Mutual Aid Food Sharing Cabinet:
A little blue Mutual Aid Food Sharing Cabinet is in the South Hill neighborhood!  Located at South Hill Elementary School, this cabinet functions as a small food pantry that is available for all community members to take or leave food and other essential items 24/7. This cabinet will be both checked on and filled with items from community members - please feel welcome to take or leave food and other essential items. Check out the flyer for more information.

Student Research on Food Insecurity

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

Mutual Aid Cabinet

A blue Mutual Aid Food Sharing Cabinet is now at IC! Located outside Muller Chapel, this cabinet is a small food pantry open to all IC community members to take or donate non-perishable food items and personal care products. All are welcome to utilize the cabinet or leave items 24/7.

What can you do to help? Please consider bringing a non-perishable food or personal care item with you the next time you’re on-campus.

Please also spread the word about this food resource. All are welcome! Any questions? Please contact Elizabeth Jesch (ejesch@ithaca.edu) or Maria White (mwhite6@ithaca.edu).