NMC’s Caring Cupboard provides perishable and non-perishable food items including, meat, fresh bread, produce, dairy products, canned food, pasta, rice and cereal. The pantry also offers infant and toddler necessities, personal care items, household products, scrubs, school supplies and more.
The food pantry is available to every NMC student who needs support. Students can place orders online or schedule a time to visit the pantry to pick out the items they need.
NMC students, staff and faculty, and community members can volunteer in the food pantry, unloading boxes of donated food, restocking shelves and packing food orders.
Before 2020, it was estimated that approximately 38% of U.S. college students reported being food insecure in the last 30 days. It’s estimated that food insecurity among college students has increased as much as 15% since the COVID-19 pandemic.
Not getting enough to eat can have negative effects on students’ academic performance making critical thinking more challenging, reducing concentration and increasing stress. Chronic food insecurity and financial instability also reduces graduation rates.
Donations can be dropped off at the NMC Clark Center front desk or in Clark Center, room 2211.
In addition to the food pantry, students can access the Student Crisis Fund. The fund offers financial assistance to students who need support during emergencies. Contact Julie Raether for more information.