Food Pantry Policy

The goal of the SUNY Morrisville Campus Food Pantry system is to ensure our whole campus community has non-judgmental access to convenient and nutritious foods at four self-serve locations around campus: STUAC basement, Southeast entrance of Crawford Hall, North entrance of Brooks Hall, and the Student Health Center.

The Pantry system is funded through in-kind and cash donations as well as discretionary funds from the SUNY Morrisville Foundation as needed. The program is administered through the Division of Student Affairs.

Since March of 2020, nearly one third of college students have reported experiencing food insecurity. A similar percentage reported that hunger has impacted their ability to study. Some college students report skipping meals in order to pay for tuition, books or supplies (Food Security Among Students). We know that our SUNY Morrisville community is not immune from these challenges.

In 2018 SUNY System created the Food Insecurity Task Force. The SUNY Morrisville Campus Food Pantry system operates in partnership with this task force.

Consideration is given to food safety when collecting donations and stocking the pantries. Individuals stocking the pantries sanitize their hands prior to organizing food. Food donations are checked for expiration dates, signs of spoilage or contamination. Food that remains on the shelf past a use-by date or that appears to have been damaged or opened is discarded. Items are stored up off the floor and away from the walls. Items are stored at room temperature. Pantries are restocked approximately every two weeks throughout the fall and spring semesters and all existing food is checked at that time. Consideration is given over holiday, spring and summer breaks to ensure stocking meets ongoing campus needs.

For individuals interested in donating to the SUNY Morrisville Campus Food Pantry system, please consider the following information:

There is no set minimum or maximum amount of food required to donate, but collaborating with your colleagues is encouraged to maximize your impact.

Whether your shop for new foods or pull from your home cupboards, please make sure all donations are unexpired, unopened and clean. Please organize the donations into a box or bags for easy transport. Only donations of nonperishable items are accepted. Please consider vegan and gluten free options as well.

Primary need

  • Easy mac/cup o’ noodles/single serve microwavable soup
  • Single serve nutrition/granola bars
  • Single serve chips/pretzels/breakfast biscuits/crackers
  • Single serve nuts/trail mix
  • Capri Sun style drink pouches
  • Tuna or chicken pouches
  • Fruit cups or applesauce
  • Oatmeal packets
  • Fruit snacks or dried fruit

Secondary need

  • Pasta and sauce
  • Cereal
  • Boxed rice or noodle dishes/Raman
  • Canned soup or chili
  • Nut butter and jam/jelly
  • Boxed baking mixes
  • Canned fruit
  • Common spices/sauce mix envelopes
  • Microwaveable rice/quinoa
  • Crackers
  • Tortillas
  • Longer shelf life bread (e.g. Wonder Bread)
  • Bottled water

Least need

  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned beans
  • Sodas or seltzers
  • Full-size condiments

Not suggested

  • Items that take lengthy preparation like dry beans
  • Bulky items like full-sized chip bags, flour or sugar
  • Items not in their original store shelf packaging
  • Perishable items that will not last two weeks without refrigeration

Any open or expired items will be immediately discarded.

Also accepted

  • Unopened full or sample size hygiene products
  • Unopened menstrual products
  • New school supplies