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Campus Cupboard

The Campus Cupboard provides free food and hygiene products to Normandale students.

The Campus Cupboard is a free resource on campus that provides food and hygiene items to any Normandale student. It’s hard to learn when you’re hungry or worried about food so please take advantage of this service, even if you just forgot your lunch today.

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, meals on the go and hygiene items.


How it works

Get Involved and Donate

About half of Normandale students reported being food insecure; they lack access to or face limited availability of adequate food. Our goal is to eliminate that burden by being a Hunger-Free Campus, part of a statewide initiative addressing food insecurity on community and technical college campuses.

There are several ways to donate to the Campus Cupboard:

  1. Contribute non-perishable food and personal hygiene items, including diapers and baby wipes. Items must not be expired or past the best by date. Drop off donations in A1565. If you have a large donation, contact us by email or call 952-358-8309 so we can set up an assisted drop-off time.

    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
  2. Buy suggested items on our Amazon Campus Cupboard Wish List page.
  3. Donate online to the Campus Cupboard credit card; select "Other" and put the Campus Cupboard in the Notes. 
  4. Normandale employees can set up an ongoing donation via payroll deduction; contact Tipheret Peña if you're interested.

All donations qualify for a tax deduction to the fullest extent allowed by law. Save all receipts of any purchases and send to



The Campus Cupboard is made possible through the generosity of others. We currently partner with the following organizations:  

Interested in exploring a partnership? Email or call (952) 358-8309.

Additional Resources

Please review the additional food and basic needs resources below. If you need additional assistance please email or call (952) 358-8309.


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