Campus Cupboard: Free Food and Hygiene Items on Campus

The Campus Cupboard provides Normandale students with free food and hygiene items.  Students can come once per day and get non-perishable food (food that does not need to be refrigerated), fresh and frozen food, hygiene items, and fresh or frozen meals. 

If you have questions please contact or (952) 358-8119

  • Hours:  Mon. & Wed. 10 am-4 pm, Tues. & Th. 8:30 am-4 pm, Fri. 10 am-2 pm
  • Location:  A 1565 (first floor Activities building). 
  • We are now fully open for students to enter the Cupboard to select their own items.  We are no longer doing pre-orders.
  • We offer fresh food, frozen groceries, and non-perishable food thanks to a partnership with nonprofit Hope for the Community.  We also have personal hygiene items.
  • Grab-and-Go Meals:  We have fresh or frozen meals for students. Students can get up to 5 fresh meals and unlimited frozen meals per week, while supplies last.  We will have meat and vegetarian options.  Our meals are thanks to a partnership with Minnesota Central Kitchen, a program of nonprofit Second Harvest Heartland.
  • 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. Staff will help you get the meals.
  • A staff person will ask for the weight of your food (we have a scale to use) and how many meals you got. 
  • 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


Normandale is offering a free 6-week series of virtual cooking classes by Cooking Matters Minnesota for Normandale students.  Classes provide students with free groceries and instruction on how to make healthy recipes on a budget.   

  • Class schedule: Tuesdays, 3:00-4:30 pm, Oct. 12th -Nov. 16th, 2021 via Zoom.  Students are asked to attend the full 6 weeks of classes.
  • Prepare a new recipe alongside a professional chef during class each week.
  • Free groceries will be delivered to you for each week's recipe.
  • Gain healthy food tips and advice on making healthy choices on a limited budget.

For more information, view our flier and see a short sample class here:  

We have filled our fall 2021 class.  If you are interested in being added to the waiting list email or call (952) 358-9074.  


We ended our delivery at the end of spring 2021.  If you are unable to visit campus to use the Campus Cupboard please see below for additional resources and/or contact us for assistance finding other food resources.

Additional Resources:

Please review the additional food and basic needs resources below.  If you need additional assistance please contact Paige Wheeler at, (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. 
  • Recent changes have made more college students eligible for SNAP.  Currently, SNAP rates have increased due to the pandemic.
  • Normandale has a partnership with nonprofit Second Harvest Heartland to help students determine if they qualify for SNAP and to apply.  Options of how to contact Second Harvest Heartland and their online SNAP screening tool are here.

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 or (952) 358-8119 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 if you're interested. All donations qualify for a tax deduction.  Save all receipts of any purchases and share with  

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



Currently, due to COVID we are not offering in-person volunteer opportunities.  However, groups and individuals are welcome to donate non-perishable food, hygiene items, and school supplies. 

For More Information:

If you have any questions please contact or (952) 358-8119.

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