Campus Cupboard: Free Food and Hygiene Items on Campus

Campus Cupboard

The Campus Cupboard provides Normandale students with free food and hygiene items.  Students can come once per day and get up to 2 grocery bags of non-perishable food (food that does not need to be refrigerated) and hygiene items.  Students can also get up to 50 pounds of fresh and frozen food per week, thanks to our partnership with nonprofit Hope for the Community.   Due to the high demand there is a limit of one (1) of each of the fresh and frozen items per week per student.Students can also get up to 10 grab-and-go meals per week, while supplies last, due to a partnership with MN Central Kitchen. 


You can see a sample of our food and hygiene items on our food delivery form.

If you have questions please contact Paige Wheeler, paige.wheeler@normandale.edu, (952) 358-9074. 

SPRING SEMESTER INFORMATION:
  • Spring Schedule:  Monday-Thursday 8:30 am-4 pm; Fridays 8:30 am-12:30 pm. 
  • Location:  C 1180 (near the College Services main entrance)
  • New for spring semester we'll have fresh and frozen groceries available all times we are open, thanks to a partnership with nonprofit Hope for the Community.  Students can get up to 50 pounds of fresh and frozen food per week, plus non-perishable food and hygiene items. Due to the high demand there is a limit of one (1) of each of the fresh and frozen items per week per student.
  • Grab-and-Go Meals:  Through Wed. 4/28 the Campus Cupboard has fresh or frozen meals for students. Students can get up to 10 meals per week, while supplies last.  We will have meat and vegetarian options.  The meals are available thanks to a partnership with Second Harvest Heartland's Minnesota Central Kitchen.  
  • We'll continue to offer delivery for those students who can't make it to campus.
  • We will no longer have the VEAP Mobile Pantry come on Wednesdays.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU VISIT THE CAMPUS CUPBOARD:
  • Please review the process for what you should do when visiting campus (second question on the FAQs).  Normandale now requires people fill out a COVID pre-screening and wear a mask that covers your face and nose.
  • A staff person will ask for your student ID number and household demographic info (number of people in your household who are 0-17 years old, 18-64 years old, and 65 years and older).  If it is your first visit in the year we will also ask you to complete a TEFAP form, since we get federal funding from the US Dept of Agriculture.  We have the TEFAP form available in English, Hmong, Russian, Somali, and Spanish. This form gives us information on the demographics of who we serve.  The information provided on the TEFAP form is confidential and is not shared beyond our nonprofit partner Hope for the Community. 
  • We will ask you to use hand sanitizer.
  • We provide reusable, paper, and plastic grocery bags for your use. 
  • You will then select your food and personal hygiene items yourself. 
  • A staff person will ask for the weight of your food (we have a scale to use).  
  • Our space is setup to maintain social distancing.  Staff is regularly sanitizing the space.  Everyone's safety is our top priority.
  • Some of our food comes from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).  We follow the USDA's Civil Rights non-descrimination policies

DELIVERY:

We are offering the option to get food and hygiene items delivered from the Campus Cupboard for students who cannot make it to campus and are living within 15 miles of Normandale.  Our ability to deliver food is limited so please only use this option if you absolutely cannot come to campus. Details:

  • You must be living within 15 miles of Normandale.
  • Students can request a delivery maximum once per week.  Each delivery can include up to 2 bags of non-perishable food (food that does not have to be refrigerated), personal hygiene items from the Campus Cupboard, up to 50 pounds of fresh and frozen food, and up to 10 meals per week (meals are available through Wed. 4/28).
  • Request a food delivery through this form.  After you submit the form Paige Wheeler will follow up to coordinate a drop off day and time.

Additional Resources:

Please review the additional food and basic needs resources below.  If you need additional assistance please contact Paige Wheeler at paige.wheeler@normandale.edu, (952) 358-9074.  

Normandale Student Resource Center

Find Food Resources Near You

  • Use the Hunger Solutions website to find food resources near you. 
  • Map of emergency food distribution and donation sites in the Twin Cities. 
  • Call the MN Food Helpline: 888-711-1151 from 8-4:30 Monday-Friday.

SNAP (Food Stamps)

  • SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programis a federal food assistance program which provides monthly benefits to help individuals and families pay for groceries. SNAP is also sometimes referred to as food stamps or EBT. 
  • The Food Helper website helps you determine if you qualify for SNAP and connect with a specialist to help you apply to SNAP.
  • Find out more about SNAP here.
  • Apply here: www.applymn.dhs.mn.gov. 
  • View the MN Dept of Human Services SNAP Eligibility Document 
If you need help figuring out if you qualify for and applying to SNAP you can: 

Emergency Grants

People of Color Owned Grocery Stores

See a list of people of color owned grocery stores in the Twin Cities.  This list was compiled by Normandale's Diversity Center.

Donating to the Campus Cupboard:

The Campus Cupboard is funded by campus and community donors, as well as our nonprofit partner Good in the 'Hood.  As of May 2020 we have seen a 48% increase in the number of students using the Campus Cupboard compared to last year.  Your support allows us to support these students.

We are accepting donations of non-perishable food and personal hygiene items.  List of suggested donations.  Normandale employees and students can drop off donations in C 1180.  All other visitors should drop off donations by going in the College Services main entry (seen on this map); leave the donations with the Public Safety Officer at the front desk.  If you have a large donation you may contact Paige Wheeler by email or call (952) 358-9074 to arrange an assisted drop off time. 

In practicing social distancing people may consider instead donating to the Campus Cupboard via credit card online​; select "Other" and put the Campus Cupboard in the Notes.  Normandale employees have the option to setup an ongoing donation via payroll deduction; contact alan.cole@normandale.edu if you're interested. All donations qualify for a tax deduction.  Save all receipts of any purchases and share with alan.cole@normandale.edu​. 

Why is the Campus Cupboard Needed?

About one third of Normandale students are "food insecure," which means you don't have a limited or uncertain availability of sufficient food (2018 #RealCollege Survey by the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice at Temple University).  You can find out about the impact of the Campus Cupboard from our 2019-2020 End of Year Report

Partnerships:

  • Nonprofit Hope for the Community is a major sponsor of the Campus Cupboard.  We appreciate all of their support!
  • Our fresh meals are provided by Second Harvest Heartland's MN Central Kitchen.    

Volunteering:

The Campus Cupboard welcomes volunteers to deliver food and hygiene items to students who cannot make it to campus at this time.   Volunteers can be Normandale employees, students, or community members.

As a volunteer you will pick up the student's requested items from the Campus Cupboard at Normandale and drive to deliver the items to a student.  Deliveries are no-contact in most cases and are within 15 miles of Normandale.

Fill out this form  if you would like to volunteer.  

For More Information:

If you have any questions please contact Paige Wheeler at (952) 358-9074 or at paige.wheeler@normandale.edu

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