Campus Cupboard: Free Food and Hygiene Items on Campus

The Campus Cupboard provides Normandale students with free food and hygiene items.  Students can come as often as they want and get non-perishable food (food that does not need to be refrigerated), fresh and frozen food, hygiene items, and fresh or frozen meals. Learn more about the Campus Cupboard in this short video

If you have questions please contact CampusCupboard@normandale.edu or (952) 358-8119

HOURS, LOCATION, AND SERVICE INFORMATION:

Location: A 1565 (first floor Activities)

Fall Semester Hours

  • Mon-Thurs: 8 am-5 pm and Fri: 8 am-4:30 pm.  
  • We will be open over winter break the same hours as fall.  We will be closed on Mon. 12/26/22 and Mon. 1/2/23. 
Services
  • 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 unlimited fresh/frozen meals per week, while supplies last.  We have meat and vegetarian options.  Our meals are thanks to a partnership with our on-campus food service provider Tiffin Man and Minnesota Central Kitchen, a program of nonprofit Second Harvest Heartland.
  • Students can come as often as they want and get as much as they want, besides a limit of 3 grab-and-go meals per day.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU VISIT THE CAMPUS CUPBOARD:
  • During your first visit in a semester we ask you to complete a brief first visit form with your name, 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).  This form gives us information on the demographics of who we serve.  The information  is confidential and is not shared beyond our nonprofit partner Hope for the Community.
  • During each visit in a semester we have you just provide your student ID number.  If you don't know your student ID number we can look this up for you. 
  • We provide grocery bags for your use. 
  • You will then select your food and personal hygiene items yourself. If you want meals staff will get these for you.
  • A staff person will ask for the weight of your food (we have a scale to use).
  • Some of our food comes from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).  We follow the USDA's Civil Rights non-descrimination policies
  • We have one 15-minute reserved parking spot near the Campus Cupboard.  Parking spot details and directions.  

DELIVERY:

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 paige.wheeler@normandale.edu, (952) 358-9074.  

Basic Needs Support:  Normandale Student Resource Center

Basic Needs Support:  United Way 211

  • Normandale Community College and Minnesota State have partnered with United Way 211 to establish a statewide basic needs resource hub. The basic needs resource hub provides Normandale students access to basic needs resources and support available on campus and in the community via phone, text, or chat 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
  • United Way 211 provides free and confidential health and human services information. They are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to connect you with the resources and information you need. If you’re looking for information about services available in your community for you or a loved one, they can help. 
  • Text MNHELP to 898-211(TXT211) or call 211 (toll free at 1-800-543-7709) to speak with one of their highly trained information and referral specialists. Your call is completely confidential, and they have call menus in English, Spanish, and Hmong. Interpreters are also available for any language.
  • Visit the 211 website to learn more or to explore resources and support that may be available. 

Find Food Resources Near You

  • Use the Hunger Solutions website to find food resources near you. 
  • Call the Hunger Solutions MN Food Helpline: 888-711-1151 from 8-4:30 Monday-Friday.

SNAP (Food Stamps)

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:

We accept donations of non-perishable food and personal hygiene items, including diapers and baby wipes. Currently, our most needed donations are:

  • Any culturally-specific non-perishable food (i.e. food from Latinx, Asian, and African cuisines)
  • Snacks that students can eat on campus
  • Dish soap
  • Laundry detergent
  • Paper towels
  • Baby wipes 
  • Hand sanitizer 

Normandale employees and students can drop off donations in A 1565.   If you have a large donation you may contact CampusCupboard@normandale.edu or (952) 358-8119 to arrange an assisted drop off time. 

We have an Amazon List if you would like to purchase suggested items on Amazon. You may also donate to the Campus Cupboard via credit card online​; select "Other" and put the Campus Cupboard in the Notes.   All donations qualify for a tax deduction to the fullest extent allowed by law.  Save all receipts of any purchases and send to paige.wheeler@normandale.edu.

Normandale employees have the option to setup an ongoing donation via payroll deduction; contact tipheret.pena@normandale.edu if you're interested.

Why is the Campus Cupboard Needed?

Short video about the Campus Cupboard. About one third of Normandale students are "food insecure," which means they 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 2021-2022 End of Year Report

Partnerships:

Volunteering:

Currently, due to COVID we are generally 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 CampusCupboard@normandale.edu or (952) 358-8119.

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