Supporting our students
The food pantry was founded in January of 2013, by the student club G.I.V.E (Get Involved Value Everyone). As of the fall 2014 semester, the CCSJ Food Pantry partnered with the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana (FBNWI), making it the first college food pantry in the region. Through FBNWI, the pantry receives fresh produce, meats, poultry, baked goods, canned goods, pasta, and boxed foods. The pantry also provides hygiene products and personal products as they are available.
The primary objectives of the CCSJ Student Pantry include:
- Provide support and assistance to CCSJ students struggling with food insecurity;
- Improve academic success by improving access to on-going sources of nutrition for our students; and
- Provide hands-on volunteer leadership experiences for students while increasing their commitment to civic engagement
If you would like to donate or volunteer in the food pantry, contact the food pantry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hours of Operation
The food pantry is located in Room 61.
We are open for walk-ins on the following Wednesdays, from 1:30 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.:
- September 8 and 22
- October 6 and 20
- November 3 and 17
- December 1 and 15
The food pantry is also open by appointment. Please reach out if you have a need outside of the listed day and time.
Finding a Food Pantry Near You
For students who do not live on or close to campus and are in need of food assistance, the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana provides an up-to-date listing of pantries across Northwest Indiana.
CCSJ’s Student Pantry officially became a partner of the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana in Fall 2014 making it the first college food pantry in the region. The original plan for the Student Pantry was developed through a grassroots effort by the student club, G.I.V.E. (Get Involved, Value Everyone) during the Fall 2012 semester to address the problem of hunger among CCSJ students.
The Student Pantry is supported greatly due to donations from CCSJ and the community and our partnership with the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana.
Monetary donations can be mailed to CCSJ. Donors should specify Student Food Pantry on the memo line of the check. Monetary donations will be utilized to provide the Pantry with supplies and non-perishable foods in addition to what is already available in the Pantry from tangible donations.
The Pantry is in continuous need of items donated; of which include items listed below, but not limited to:
Reusable grocery bags
Toiletries (shampoo, soap, shower gel, toothpaste, etc.)
If you have suggestions for any food items that should be made available to visitors of the Student Pantry, please contact the food pantry.
Beans, canned fruit, canned vegetables, cereal, chili, jelly, macaroni and cheese, pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter, shelf-stable milk, soup, stew, rice, tuna, etc.
Personal hygiene products, facial tissue, paper towels, toilet paper, shampoo, body wash, deodorant, etc.
What cannot be donated?
Opened or partially used items, including canned, bottled and dried goods, products not in their original packaging, products with no ingredient information labels, homemade or home-canned products, products that have been contaminated, alcoholic beverages or energy drinks of any kind, expired products, pet food, clothing, cleaning supplies, toys.
If you have a need outside of the listed day and time, please visit the Welcome & Information Center.
Welcome & Information Center: First Floor
Food Pantry: Room 61
FOOD PANTRY COORDINATOR
Phone: (219) 473-4226