Boise State Food Pantry
Brief Description of Organization
The Campus Food Pantry was established in February 2018 in response to growing rates of food insecurity across college campuses. The Pantry is choice-style, which is very uncommon for all local pantries. There is no limit on the number of items students can take nor the number of visits, helping eliminate the stigma surrounding accessing food assistance resources. The Campus Food Pantry provides a variety of items, such as: dairy products, prepared foods, frozen foods, fresh produce, fresh bakery items, canned goods, shelf-stable items, and hygiene products.
Every Student. Every Bronco. A Full Plate.
Organization's Community Impact
Food insecurity impacts about 30% of our students on campus, leaving hungry bellies and creating worries for students about where their next meal will come from. Providing access to a healthy variety of foods for students in need ensures they will be able to focus on their classes and academics, helping them to be successful during their time at Boise State. The Pantry serves students from diverse backgrounds, impacting under-resourced and underserved communities, specifically low income, first generation, and international students. Over the last four years, the Pantry has grown in size and service to students. In October 2022, the Pantry had over 4,200 student visits. That’s 1⁄3 of our total visits for the previous academic year, we saw in one month! We anticipate continued growth as more students return to campus and awareness of the Pantry spreads.
This project is continuous. By awarding this grant, the Boise State Food Pantry is able to purchase necessary infrastructure equipment that promotes food sourcing, growth, and allows us to transport and process donated items in a safe manner. The chosen products are durable and will last for many years to come.