Knights for Nutrition Food Pantry

Food Pantry Essentials

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About Us

Students, at times, are faced with lack of access to nutritious meals as they journey through college. Research suggests that food insecurity occurs at both two-year and four-year institutions with 20% of 4 year college students experiencing hunger (Hunger on Campus, 2016). The Knights for Nutrition pantry seeks to support undergraduate and graduate students to avoid hunger by providing access to nutritional food so that they can focus on their studies and reach their academic goals. 

How It Functions

Dedicated student workers, a committed graduate assistant and a committee of staff and students oversee and manage the pantry. We have generous partners who consistently provide donated items and monetary gifts. Food drives are held at least 3 times each academic year. 

Students have the opportunity to “shop” with a certain number of points once per week for nonperishable foods, fresh produce (limited), toiletry items and menstrual hygiene products.  

Donations

Donations can be made any time when the pantry is open.  Outside of those times, we can be reached at aupantry@arcadia.edu.

Partnerships

Currently, these are some of the ongoing donors that are helping us keep the food pantry successful: 

  • Metz Culinary Management Incorporated
  • Danette Reid, Reid Cares Foundation
  • Mr. and Mrs. Jim and Donna Smith
  • Ms. Myra Laws, Salem Baptisit Church local mission Ministry
  • Ms. Wasserman, Board of Trustee, member
  • Ms. Dolores Friend, Grace Temple Baptist Church, Missions Ministry

Views of Students about our Pantry

"It's hard to focus on your education when you don't know where your next meal is coming from."- Jordan Beck ('20, Co-Chair of YSDA)

"I am a commuter living alone in Philly so thank you to everyone who has organized the pantry because without it, it would be extremely difficult for me to remain nourished while on campus."

"The pantry has helped me more than I can explain. It is so nice to not have to worry about how I am going to pay for food for the week. So, thank you so much! :)"

"I really like everything the pantry offers as well as is super useful in helping me between paychecks."

Items Most Needed for Donations

The following items would be highly appreciated for donations: 

  • Canned items
    • Canned tuna, chicken, or salmon+
    • Meals in a can (Soup, stew, or chili)
    • Canned beans
    • Canned vegetables
    • Canned fruit or Fruit cups
    • Canned pasta sauce
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Macaroni and Cheese (Prefer packages that do not need to add butter and milk) 
  • Spaghetti, Pasta, and Egg Noodles
  • Cereal (Hot or Cold)
  • Oatmeal cups
  • Instant rice
  • Instant potatoes
  • Ramen noodles or Soup in a cup
  • Healthy snacks (Granola bars, nuts, dried fruit, microwave popcorn)
  • Pudding cups
  • Fruit juice cans or boxes
  • Personal Items 
    • Toothbrushes 
    • Toothpaste
    • Deodorant 
    • Body wash or Soap
    • Cleaning supplies (All purpose cleaner, dish soap)
    • Paper products (Toilet paper, tissues)

Please avoid items packaged in glass and all items should be non-perishable. For our students, we prefer easy-to-open cans that do not require a can opener. Here are guidelines for donating food past expiration dates.

Nearby Food Pantries

If you cannot make our hours, here are other food pantries nearby: 

Seeds of Hope
Location: Chelten Church, 1601 N Limekiln Pike
Hours: Tuesday 10 am - 1 pm, Wednesday 7 pm - 9 pm, Friday 10 am - 1 pm

Loaves and Fishes
Location: Prospect Hill Baptist Church, 703 Lincoln Ave
Hours: Tuesday 10:30 am - 1 pm, Thursday 1 pm - 4 pm

Inter-faith Food Cupboard
Location: 1250 Easton Road in Roslyn
Hours: Monday through Friday 11 am - 1 pm, Saturday 9 am - 12 pm

Here are additional food pantries in the area.