Food Insecurity and Brooktondale Food Pantry Capstone – Candice

Studying Food Insecurity and Volunteering at the Brooktondale Food Pantry – Capstone Project for Sustainable Farming and Food Systems – by Candice

Brooktondale Food Pantry Pickup Site
Brooktondale Food Pantry Pickup Site

I decided to do my Capstone project on food insecurity and how it related to families living in poverty. For this project, I  researched how easy it is to sink into poverty and how hard it is to get back to a stable financial life. I have also been volunteering my time at a local food pantry located right in Brooktondale.  You may think that a normal food pantry just gives out food to families in need, but this one does a lot more than just giving out food.  The Brooktondale Food Pantry has a full kitchen where it gives kids a chance to learn how to cook, and they have a full garden out back where they grow all of their vegetables for the kitchen and to give away at the food pantry.

Brooktondale Food Pantry Donations
Brooktondale Food Pantry Donations

One of the tasks that is included in volunteering at the Brooktondale Food Pantry is unloading vegetables and meats from the Southern Tier food truck that comes to Brooktondale and drops off donations. We have to sort everything out –  all the meats go together, all the cereals go together, veggies go together and so on.  Then we must inspect everything, this includes writing the date on our inventory sheet that it came to pantry and the date that it will be put out for families to take. We also have to check the expiration date and check to see if the product is damaged in any way. If it is damaged or out of date it gets put back on the truck. This is a food safety precaution that we have to follow. Some of the donations such as local fruits and vegetables are given to us from local farmers from Dryden, Cortland, Brooktondale and even Ithaca.  We also have been receiving a truck full of different kinds of breads from the Ithaca Bakery.

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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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