After learning that many new students were going hungry on a regular basis as they struggled to make ends meet, members of the Nursing Student Organization worked for more than a year to establish an initial food pantry on Bethlehem Campus, which today, serves hundreds of students. Food insecurity is a problem even for students who are employed, participate in a campus meal plan, or seek other financial or material help. Students who struggle to eat, also struggle to focus, compete academically, and to graduate. The doors of the Helping Our Peers Excel (H.O.P.E.) Food Pantry first opened for students in fall 2016 at the Bethlehem Campus. NCC Compassionate Aid and Resources for Everyone (C.A.R.E.) Food Pantry opened soon thereafter in 2018 for students at Monroe Campus.
Staffed by volunteers, the pantries provide non-perishable food items supplied by Second Harvest Food Bank and gathered through college food drives. Today, the pantries continue to help college students on their path to success!
Students fed and counting
*No one is turned away from either pantry, but you must have a valid student ID.
Fall 2020 Dates
Bethlehem C.A.R.E. Pantry
In response to COVID-19, following CDC guidelines, prepared bags of non-perishable groceries will be available for pick up curbside this semester. Limit one bag per person. Weekly each Monday from 1- 3 p.m.
*Please note the following system will be in place for food pickup:
All volunteers and patrons must wear a mask and social distance per CDC guidelines.
On Bethlehem Campus, enter through the Oakland Ave Entrance, and take the first left toward the shipping and receiving area. Follow signs to the food distribution area (next to the Lanta Bus Stop, NCC Penn Hall).
A volunteer will ask a few basic questions and ask to see your NCC ID. If you are driving, stay in your car. A volunteer will be happy to place the pre-bagged food items in your car. If you are walking, proceed to the pantry table for distribution.
Monroe C.A.R.E. Pantry
The pantry will be distributing grocery store gift cards and food for Thanksgiving on Monday, November 23 between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the same spot as last time, in the parking lot under the solar panels. Gifts are only available for NCC students or Monroe county residents. For any questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Future dates TBD.
*All volunteers and patrons must wear a mask and social distance per CDC guidelines. You must have your NCC ID.
Please email email@example.com with any questions.
Volunteer at the Pantries
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What's in the Pantry? What Does the Pantry Need?
The Food Pantry includes non-perishables, some frozen foods and limited toiletries. Because we often do not have enough, patrons are encouraged to bring their own bag (re-usable is best for future visits). H.O.P.E. accepts any non-perishables, especially dry goods, and the pantry always welcomes gift cards to local grocery stores or pharmacies because when stocks get low, we can purchase what students need or give directly to the student for their needs.
Please bring donations to Penn Hall, Room 113, and drop off in the blue grocery cart outside of the Nursing Lab at Bethlehem Campus. Donations can be left in the grocery cart or bins in Kapp Hall at Monroe Campus.
1. Provide a sustainable student run Food Pantry at NCC
2. Have a positive impact on overall program completion rates
3. Provide short-term assistance to encourage and foster long-term independence through education