The Purchase College Food Support Network aims to alleviate food insecurity, combat food waste, and promote sustainable food systems among our campus community by providing resources to those in need and enhance public awareness through education and advocacy.
The Food Pantry staff is committed to ensuring that the pantry remains available to food insecure students who remain on campus, but in a way that preserves the safety of both students and staff. To this end, we will begin pre-bagging food for pick-up by appointment. Please fill out this form to indicate your preferences and dietary restrictions; we will fulfill these requests to the best of our ability based on changing stock in the pantry.
- Creating a safe space to distribute good quality and nutritious emergency food to current Purchase College students.
- Creating and promoting a space on campus dedicated to food donation collection.
- Collecting good quality and nutritious food items (donations) that may otherwise go to waste to enhance sustainability initiatives on campus.
- Encouraging student engagement to foster a sense of community, volunteerism, and service to peers on campus.
The Campus Pantry distributes good quality and nutritious emergency food to Purchase College students. It also works to raise awareness around hunger issues, especially as experienced by low-income college students, and encourages student engagement to foster a sense of community and service to peers on campus.
Help the Purchase College Community by donating to our Food Pantry. Donations can be sent to Mario Rapetti’s office, located in Student Services Building, Room 318 or directly to the Food Pantry.
Most Needed Items:
- Breakfast items (granola bars, oatmeal, etc.)
- Shelf-stable milk
- Trail mix/nuts
- Spaghetti and pasta sauces
- Healthy snacks
- Nut butter
- Mashed potatoes
- Prepackaged meals (Hamburger Helper, Chef Boyardee, etc.)
- Canned meat
- Canned fruit/vegetables
- Canned tomatoes
- Hygiene (deodorant, feminine products)
The Food Pantry is located through the Learning Center, which is on the lower level of the Library, and can be accessed through the last room on the left in the Learning Center suite.
We can be reached by calling 914-251-3976.
Students will be asked to show their ID upon entering the Food Pantry to verify student status. Otherwise, use of the pantry will be anonymous and confidential.
In an effort to support students in need of using the food pantry and helping it sustain itself, there will be a limit on how many items per food category students can check out. The food pantry student staff will assist visitors with questions.
Hours of Operation (Spring 2020)
The food pantry’s official hours of operation are:
Monday: 12:30pm – 4:30pm
Tuesday: 11:30am – 2:30pm
Wednesday: 11:00am – 1:00pm and 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Friday: 2:00pm – 5:00pm
If these hours and times do not work for your schedule, you can request an appointment by providing 24 hours’ notice to either Dashielle Horn (Dashielle.firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kenzalia Bryant-Scott (email@example.com)
We ask that participants bring reusable grocery bags to the food pantry.
Follow us on our Instagram for updates and new deliveries of food and items to the pantry!
Once a month, a Mobile Pantry will visit campus. The new Mobile Food Pantry will bring fresh protein, dairy, produce, and grains directly to campus to assist all members of the campus community. An estimated 4,000–5,000 pounds of food will be available at the Mobile Food Pantry!
The first Mobile Food Pantry will visit Purchase College on Wednesday, March 4, April 1 and May 6 from 1:00–2:00 pm in the Fort Awesome Parking Lot, next to Starbucks. We ask that participants bring reusable grocery bags.
The food pantry is supported through donations from, and the kindness of, the campus community and other partners.
For donations of non-perishable food items, please contact Kenzalia Bryant-Scott to make arrangements.