Food Pantries at NCC

About Us

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.

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Spring 2021 Dates

Bethlehem H.O.P.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. The NCC Main Campus H.O.P.E Pantry will be distributing food by appointment only. Send an email to with the days/times you can come to campus to get food and we will do our best to accommodate you.

*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 next food distribution will be Wednesday May 12th between 1:30 and 3:00 pm. It will be located in parking lot D on Monroe campus. Grocery Vouchers & Girl Scout Cookies are still available for students. If you're not able to make it during this time/date, or if you have any questions, please reach out to myself,,, or

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 with any questions.

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Volunteer at the Pantries

We could always use your help! Follow the link below and fill out the online form to schedule your volunteering session.

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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.

Contact Bethlehem Pantry Contact Monroe Pantry
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Pantry Goals

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

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Contact Us

Andrea Corrado, MSN, RN - NSO & Pantry Faculty Advisor
E: | P: 610.332-6574

Thomas Rush MSN, RN - NSO, Pantry Faculty Advisor

Xenia Harley - Staff Advisor
P: 570.369.1842

of NCC students go hungry on a regular basis
Of students from 4-year and 2-year institutions that are food insecure, say this problem caused them to miss class
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"I would never want someone to have to choose between hunger and their future. As a volunteer, there is no better feeling than knowing the work we do might eliminate that decision for our fellow students." 
- Breanna Donate, Student Pantry Coordinator   

"Working at the food pantry is a great opportunity to help other students. It's really something that makes me feel good, knowing that I can help someone else. I wouldn't be where I am today without help and support, why not pass that on to others that may need it also."
- Amanda Cardona, Assistant Student Coordinator

"Nursing, as a science and an art, supports the importance of nutrition in maintaining health, self-sufficiency, and quality of life. The Food Pantry not only provides a meal for the student in need, it helps to ensure hunger is not a barrier inhibiting academic success." ·
- Andrea Corrado, NSO & Pantry Faculty Advisor         

"This student-initiative progressed over a few years from initial concept to its success today. As an advisor, I hold immense pride for the students who have made this happen. As a nurse, I've touched lives and healed individuals. Helping even one student to graduate is also deeply gratifying. Together our passion for the NCC food pantry will assure it is maintained, improved and available for our community."
-Mary Vogl, NSO & Pantry Faculty Advisor   

"As a student paying my way, C.A.R.E. has been invaluable. It is a tremendous service and run by great, caring people. Thanks again!"
- NCC Student

"It (the pantry) helps students who need to feed their families, and it also helps people financially so they can focus on school and study."
- NCC Student

"This is a great benefit that helps students and families have food on the table."
- NCC Student

NCC Food Pantries are a member of the College and University Food Bank Alliance.