TC3 Food Pantry and Mobile Food Pantry this Week

Food insecurity is a problem for college students everywhere. And on the TC3 campus it is especially acute. The college community has responded with two food pantries this week on campus: The TC3 Food Pantry in Room 114 (open all week), and the Mobile Food Pantry on March 29th in D Lot. See below for full details.

The TC3 Food Pantry is open this week! The purpose of the Pantry is to provide non-perishable food items to students in need.  Students need only to show their TC3 ID to use the Pantry to receive food items. Please note that the Pantry can supply a meal’s worth of food, not a week’s worth of groceries at this time.TC3 Food Pantry

Location: room 114

Hours: During the first two weeks, the TC3 Food Pantry will be mostly open during operational hours. Please stop by to check it out and encourage students to do so as well.

Jackie Boyce, a SUNY Cortland Health Education intern, will be staffing the Food Pantry and answering any questions you may have.

The Nutrition and Fitness subcommittee of the Wellness Council is still taking donations. Drop off sites are in both faculty suites, the adjunct office, Health Services, and in Enrollment Services.

Mobile Food Pantry: Tuesday March 29, D-LOT, 12pm to 1pm – This is free food for anyone who needs it.

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Tompkins County Food Insecurity – Capstone Project

Assessing Food Insecurity in Tompkins County – Sustainable Farming and Food Systems Capstone – Sarah 

After researching food insecurity in Tompkins County for three months, I know so much more than I did when I started out, but I feel like I’ve still only breached the tip of the iceberg. There is so much complexity that goes into the way that people receive help in this area. Even the ways that the words “poverty” and “food insecurity” are defined are complicated.

Loaves and FishesSo here’s a summary of what I found out:

The groups of people who have the highest instance of poverty in this area are families with children under five, specifically female led households, and people of color. In the city of Ithaca, 100% of female led households with children under five live at or below the poverty line according to the Tompkins Community Health Analysis.

The biggest sources of help to impoverished individuals in Tompkins County are the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, and the programs mandated by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The former supports soup kitchens and food pantries across 6 counties and distributes over one million pound of food each year. The latter provides funding for things like school and summer lunch programs, and for WIC (the special supplemental program for Women, Infants, and Children).

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Mobile Food Pantry on the TC3 Campus

Mobile Food Pantry on the TC3 Campus – Monday February 29, 2016 in D-LOT, 12pm to 1pm

This is free food for anyone who needs it.

There are no forms to complete and you do not have to ‘qualify’ to receive the food. You just need to leave your name and be willing to give us your phone number and age of everyone in your household/res hall room. (This is just for required data reporting for the funding that supports the mobile food truck.)

Bring bags with you and be prepared to refrigerate food – most of it will be dairy or produce items.

We’ll be set up at the parking lot off of Panther Drive (D-lot) – near the Residence Halls. The photo below is what the truck looks like.

Any member of the TC3 community (faculty, staff, or student) is eligible.

Mobile Food Pantry

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