Campus Cupboard: Free Food and Hygiene Items on Campus

Campus Cupboard

The Campus Cupboard provides Normandale students with free food and hygiene items.

  • Fall location: C 1180 (near College Services main entrance)
  • Fall hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30 am-4 pm and Fri. 8:30 am-12 pm
  • 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.  You can see a sample of our non-perishable food and hygiene items on our food delivery form.  Students may also get up to 10 grab-and-go fresh meals per week.  See the fresh meal menu here

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

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. 
  • We will ask you to use hand sanitizer.
  • We provide paper 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.
FRESH GRAB-AND-GO MEALS:

The Campus Cupboard has free grab-and-go freshly prepared meals for Normandale students for the fall semester.   Each student can get up to 10 meals per week.  
  • See the meal menu for the week here.  All meals for 9/17-9/23 include meat.  9/24 onward at least 25% of the meals will be vegetarian. If you have additional dietary needs please reach out to paige.wheeler@normandale.edu to see if we can accommodate them.
  • The delicious meals are prepared by Tiffin Man Global Kitchen, Normandale's new on-campus food vendor.
  • Meals are while supplies last (we will have 500 meals per week) and are re-stocked on Thursday mornings. 
  • Meals will come fresh and refrigerated, but you could freeze them. 
  • The meals are lunch and dinner options, and the meal options will change weekly.  
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) and personal hygiene items from the Campus Cupboard.
  • 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.  

VEAP Mobile Food Pantry

  • VEAP's Mobile Food Pantry with fresh food comes to campus on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month 2:30-4:00 pm.  Location:  parking lot by College Services main entrance.  This service will resume on Wed. Sept. 9th. The Student Resource Center website and VEAP's website will have additional details.  

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)

  • Cash assistance for food. 
  • Apply here: www.applymn.dhs.mn.gov.
  • If you need help figuring out if you qualify and applying to SNAP you can contact Community Action Partnership's Terry Hassan (THasssan@capagency.org) or contact Second Harvest Heartland 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 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:

  • Our community partner Good in the 'Hood is a nonprofit designed to use focused acts of kindness as a means of transforming individual lives, families and communities. We appreciate their major support of the Campus Cupboard.  
  • Tiffin Man Global Kitchen, Normandale's on-campus food provider, prepares our fresh meals.
  • VEAP provides Mobile Food Pantry for our students.

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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