By donating, you are providing Boise State students with free, nourishing food and hygiene items with dignity, respect, and care.
The Campus Food Pantry offers a variety of fresh produce, fresh bread, refrigerated items, frozen items, canned and boxed foods, snack options, and personal hygiene products.
In 2020, Boise State University participated in the #RealCollege survey, where 28 percent of student respondents reported being food insecure in the past 30 days. As the Pantry continued to gain awareness across campus during the coronavirus pandemic, an influx of students began to utilize this resource.
Since the month of September 2022, the Pantry has continually served over 4,000 student visits monthly!
As the demand for food has grown, so has the Pantry.
Over this past year, the Campus Food Pantry has made drastic changes to increase capacity and continue to meet student needs.
The Pantry team consists of 10 people. Seven part-time student staff to maintain daily operations of the Pantry, one part-time staff delivery driver, as well as two full-time staff members, Emily Hester, to serve as the Business Operations Coordinator and Michelle Cain, to serve as the Student Basic Needs Coordinator for Boise State University. The additional staff dedicated to serving pantry users has increased capacity and allowed their team to accept larger donations, drives, and partnerships.
The Pantry has also purchased two commercial merchandiser refrigerators, two commercial merchandiser freezers, and additional shelving to allow for more food and hygiene storage. These purchases have granted the Pantry an opportunity to participate in the Idaho Foodbank's Food Rescue Program. This program connects local businesses with the Pantry, to accept surplus food and hygiene items that the pantry can then distribute to Boise State students. Many of these donations include fresh produce, pre-made sandwiches and wraps, dairy products, and bread.
By donating, you are supporting our mission, "Every Student. Every Bronco. A Full Plate."