Students have enough to focus on in class. They shouldn’t have to be distracted by hunger.
That’s why SJC Long Island opened its Food for Thought Pantry in fall 2020, providing members of the College community struggling with food insecurity immediate access to needed items.
“Food insecurity is something that impacts communities all over,” said Cristian Murphy, director of Campus Ministry and a member of the Food Insecurity Committee at SJC Long Island. “It’s an issue that can surprise us all, and we must take the time to be present to this need. The gift of breaking bread and offering service through a food pantry is something that can make a profound impact, and I am honored to be part of this service.“
The Food for Thought Pantry identifies students who are at risk of food insecurity, assists in identifying sources of food assistance, provides food assistance, and creates safe spaces for personal and confidential conversations.
Students are increasingly likely to need a variety of support measures beyond traditional grants, scholarships and financial aid packages to complete their studies. Identifying and providing such assistance represents an investment by the College community in its student body and supports the College’s motto, Esse non videri — “To be, not to seem.”
“College students face enormous challenges while earning a college degree. Hunger should not be one of them,” said Steven Fuchs, Ph.D., professor of history and a member of the Food Insecurity Committee.
Those eligible include currently enrolled students — undergraduate and graduate, full time and part time, regardless of academic performance — who have completed the SJC Food Pantry Application.
Students who are food insecure are encouraged to contact the Food Insecurity Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below is a list of the most-needed items. Donations are accepted in O’Connor Hall at the Office of Campus Ministry (Student Hospitality Lounge, Suite 4) or at the Academic Advisement Center (N-302). Damaged, open or expired items will not be accepted for distribution. Please contact email@example.com if you have any questions.
- Pancake mix
- Pancake syrup
- Shelf-stable milk
- Feminine hygiene products
- Soy sauce
- Gluten-free nonperishable items
Lunch and Dinner
- Beans (dried) and black beans
- Canned tomatoes
- Canned vegetables
- Grains (dried)
- Instant potato mix
- Nut butter
- Pasta sauce (marina, traditional)
- Peanut butter
- Ramen noodles
- Spanish rice
- Taco mix
- Taco shells
- Tuna fish (canned)
- Canned fruit
- Granola/Protein bars
- Trail mix