Commonwealth University Campus Cupboard food pantry students bag non-perishable items for Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, and Mansfield

Campus Cupboard

The Campus Cupboards across Commonwealth University provide support for students facing food insecurity or financial strain. Stocked with essential items ranging from non-perishable foods to personal hygiene products, it stands as a testament to our community's commitment to inclusivity and support.

Here, students find more than just sustenance; they find a sense of belonging and care. Whether it's a nutritious meal to fuel their studies or basic necessities to maintain their well-being, the campus cupboard offers a lifeline, ensuring that no student has to face hunger or hardship alone.

 

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Bloomsburg

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Sponsored by "Swipe Out Hunger" 

ALL Students are welcome at NO COST! We have grocery items for students in need. Bloomsburg students can visit The Dean of Students Pantry on Thursday from 8 AM-12 PM or Fridays from 12PM-4PM in the Dean of Students Office at 150 Warren Student Services Center.

For opportunities to visit the Pantry outside of these hours, please email: DeanOfStudents@commonwealthu.edu or call us at 570-389-4734.

The Bloomsburg Food Cupboard has a night just for CU-Bloomsburg students! Most Mondays during the Fall and Spring semester, Bloomsburg students can visit the Food Cupboard from 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM. (Closes promptly at 6:00 PM)

The Food Cupboard is located at 329 Center Street, walking distance from campus. Please bring a reusable bag and choose what you want from a selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, canned goods, pastas, cereals, snacks, and pre-packaged meals. New stock arrives weekly so the food is fresh and so are the options! You will need to show your student ID.

Students who reside in Columbia County and have proof of residence (Utility bill etc.), can access the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard on Sundays 9:15 AM to 10:15 AM, and Tuesdays 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM.

We understand that sometime unexpected emergency expenses can arise, throwing off even the best-planned budget. Emergency food bags with non-perishable items are available.

Campus Locations
Office of the Dean of Students150 Student Services Center
Student Health Center324 Kehr Union Building
Scranton CommonsScranton Commons
Andruss Library DeskAndruss Library
Student Involvement350 Kehr Union Building
Academic Advisement216 Student Services Center
University StoreGround Floor, David Soltz Hall
Student Rec CenterStudent Rec Center
Act 101Second Floor, Student Services Center
TRiO Student Support Services268 Student Services Center
Disability Services055 Student Services Center
LGBTQA Resource Center349 Kehr Union Building
Women's Resource CenterFirst Floor, Schuylkill Hall
Financial Aid Office106 Arts and Administration Building
Title IX / Housing & Residence LifeFirst Floor, Elwell Hall

Held every Wednesday at 6 PM at the Newman House located at 353 E. 2nd Street. All students are welcome and will be provided a FREE homemade meal. There is no structure to this event and there is no requirement – just eat, relax, and socialize. For questions, email ccm@bloomucatholic.org or call 570-940-9248.  

The Program Board regularly hosts Midnight Pizza, just bring your ID to get in and get a free slice of pizza. There are also several late night snack events throughout the semester. Held from 11 PM-1am, usually in the Kehr Union, these events feature food like walking tacos, popcorn chicken, pretzel nuggets, and mashed potato bars.

The Basic Needs Shoppe is an Initiative of the Office of Access and Success.

The issue of food and basic needs insecurity is a growing concern among college students across the country and can pose a significant barrier to student success and persistence. Nationally, 30 percent of college students are food insecure. Seventy five percent of students who experience food insecurity qualifies for financial aid. In addition, 43 percent of students who experience food insecurity have a meal plan. In short, the issue of food and basic needs insecurity is a pressing and growing issue on college campuses, including Commonwealth University.

Contact InformationFall & Spring HoursSummer Hours
570-390-3206
Send an Email
Monday - Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday - Friday
By Appointment Only
Hours are subject to change. It is best to call for an appointment.

The Basic Needs Shoppe at CU-Bloomsburg is a comprehensive food and basic needs pantry designed to support students in an encouraging, uplifting and welcoming environment. The Basic Needs Shoppe features items ranging from non-perishable food items to culturally relevant hair care products to winter boots. Unlike traditional pantries, where consumers are handed a bag of pre-packaged goods, customers of the Basic Needs Shoppe are able to self-select the items they deem to be most relevant to their needs. 

What's Available:

  • Non-Perishable Food Items
  • Personal Hygiene Products
  • Toiletries 
  • Culturally Relevant Hair Care Products
  • Professional Clothing
  • Winter Boots and Coats
  • Bedding

Related Programming:

  • Cooking Demonstrations
  • Educational Programming on Issues of housing, food and basic needs insecurity
  • Information on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Assistance in Applying for SNAP

In-Kind Support:

The Office of Access and Success welcomes donations of the following items to support the work of the Basic Needs Shoppe:

•    Non-perishable food items
•    Personal and/or Feminine Hygiene Products
•    Clothes Detergent
•    Hair Care Products (with a specific focus on cultural hair care products)
•    Educational Supplies
•    New or Slightly Used Winter Coats, Boots, Hats and Scarfs
•    New or Slightly Used Dress Clothing
•    New or Slightly Used Jeans, Sweatshirts, Sweatpants, Sweaters and Other Unused Clothing

To arrange a day and time to drop off your donation, please email, basicneedsshop@bloomu.edu.

Monetary Support

  • By-Check
  • Make Check Payable to: Bloomsburg University Foundation
  • In the subject line, please write Marcus White Jr. Fund- Basic Needs Shoppe.
Mail Checks to:

Bloomsburg University Foundation, Inc.
Greenly Center
50 East Main Street, 4th Floor
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
www.giving.bloomu.edu

Online

  1. Head to the foundation's website: Bloomsburg University Foundation
  2. Click on the “give now” button
  3. Click on “other” in the field labeled “designation”
  4. Type Marcus White Jr.  Fund and the programmatic area that you are interested in supporting
  5. Complete all other fields

Commonwealth University's Office of Access and Success is committed to supporting students as they strive to achieve academic excellence. The office develops and implements academic, social and cultural programming designed to assist students in developing the skills necessary for college persistence and graduation.

Through access and success, CU provides intrusive academic advising, research-based academic retention programs and intensive community engagement opportunities. All programs and initiatives developed by the office are designed to cultivate core strengths in the areas of academic self-confidence, self-advocacy, 21st century life skills, and community engagement. 

These core strengths are developed by providing students access to tutoring, supplemental instruction, mentoring, intrusive academic advising and intensive academic support.

Scholarships for meal plans are available for eligible Bloomsburg students. Use the link below to learn more and apply.

Meal Plan Scholarships

Please note: Sites may require pre-registration and qualification.

  • USDA Summer Food Service Programs (Exclusively for children under 18 years of age)
    • Northern Columbia Community Cultural Center
    • 42 Community Drive
    • Served 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Monday – Thursday
    • June 10th through August 16th
  • Benton Food Pantry - Northern Columbia Cultural Center
    • 42 Community Drive
    • 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM, and 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM on the 3rd Tuesday of each month
    • 570-925-0163
  • Friends Feeding Friends, Salvation Army 
    • 320 West 2nd Street
    • Served 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Tuesday and Thursday
    • 570-759-1214
  • Berwick Soup Kitchen, United Way 
    • 320 West 2nd Street
    • Served 4:30PM – 5:30 PM, Tuesday and Thursday
    • 570-759-1214
  • Berwick Food Pantry - Salvation Army Building 
    • 320 West 2nd Street
    • 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Monday through Friday
    • 570-752-7221
  • DailyBread Meal, AGAPE 
    • 19 East 7th Street
    • 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM, on the 3rd Friday of each month
    • 570-317-2210
  • Mission Meal, Good Shepherd United Methodist Church 
    • 101 East 5th Street
    • Served 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM, 3rd Saturday of each month
    • 570-784-7430
  • Community Friendship Meal, Wesley United Methodist Church
    • 3rd & Market Streets
    • Served 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Saturday
    • 570-784-1407
  • USDA Summer Food Service Programs (Exclusively for children under 18 years of age)
    • Wesley United Methodist Church
    • 130 West 3rd Street
    • Served 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Monday – Friday
    • June 29th through August 16th
  • Bloomsburg Food Cupboard, St. Columba 
    • Old Winona Fire Hall
    • 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Tuesday
    • 9:15 AM – 10:15 AM Sunday
    • 570-784-0801
  • Bloomsburg Food Pantry 
    • AGAPE Center
    • 19 East 7th Street
    • 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 3rd Friday of each month
    • 570-387-6501
  • Open Bite Night, Catholic Campus Ministry 
    • Newman House
    • 353 E. 2nd Street
    • 6:00 PM - Every Wednesday -  FREE Homemade Meal
    • 570-940-9248 or email ccm@bloomucatholic.org 
    • All Students Welcome!  There's no structure to this event, and there's no requirements - just eat, relax, and socialize.
  • Dean of Students Pantry
    • Warren Student Services Center 
    • Room 150
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Thursday
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Friday
    • Sponsored by Swipe out Hunger
    • For opportunities to visit the Pantry outside of the above hours, please email DeanOfStudents@commonwealthu.edu or call 570-389-4734
  • Bible Study Meal, Grace Bible Church
    • 209 McIntrye Road
    • Served 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Wednesday
    • 570-356-2644
  • Catawissa Food Pantry, First United Methodist Church
    • 328 South Street
    • 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM, on the 3rd Thursday of the month
    • 570-356-2152
  • Jubilee Meal, Mahoning Presbyterian Church
    • 218 Ferry Street
    • Coffee served 9:00 AM Saturday
    • Meal served 11:00 AM Saturday
    • Second Saturday in September through end of June
    • 570-275-2031
  • Greenwood Food Pantry
    • Township Building
    • 90 Shed Road
    • 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM, 3rd Friday of each month
    • 570-458-0212
  • Community Cupboard of Nescopeck, Wesley United Methodist Church
    • 101 Broad Street (on the corner)
    • Call ahead and a pickup time will be assigned, 2nd Tuesday of each month
    • 570-752-3502
  • New Heart Cafe, New Heart Christian Fellowship 
    • 507 East 3rd Street
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Last Monday of each month (with the exception of May's meal taking place on May 18th).
    • 570-394-3100
  • Orangeville Food Pantry
    • Orange Township Municipal Building
    • 2028 State Route 487
    • 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM, 2nd Saturday of each month
    • 570-683-5836
  • Wilburton Food Pantry
    • Mainstreet, Firehall #2
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM, 2nd Thursday of each month
    • 570-339-1386

Description of Program

We have 8 Columbia county sites - Benton, Berwick, Bloomsburg, Greenwood, Madison, Millville, Orangeville, Wilburton

Location: Columbia

Geographic Area: Columbia

Intake Procedure: Residents are only able to attend the food pantry once a month and must use the pantry assigned to their residence. All clients must pre-register before visiting the local food pantries.

Affiliated Agency: AGAPE

This Program: Columbia County Human Services Food Pantries

  • Affiliated Services:
  • Benton Food Pantry
  • Bloomsburg Food Pantry
  • Food Bank of Greater Berwick
  • Food Pantries Columbia County Human Services
  • Greenwood Food Pantry
  • Madison Food Pantry
  • Millville Food Pantry
  • Occasional Emergency Food Assistance Columbia County Human Services
  • Orangeville Food Pantry
  • Outgoing Emergency Food Assistance Columbia County Human Services
  • Wilburton Food Pantry

Dean of Students Pantry

The Dean of Students pantry welcomes donations of the items listed below. To arrange a day and time to drop off your donation, please email deanofstudents@commonwealthu.edu

Personal Care Items

  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Bar soap
  • Period products
  • Deodorant – masculine and feminine
  • Bar soap – sensitive skin preferred
  • Laundry detergent pods

Food Items

  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Oil – vegetable, canola, olive
  • Canned green beans, peas, carrots
  • Pasta 1lb boxes or bags
  • Pasta sauce -meat, marinara, and vegetable
  • Canned tuna fish or canned chicken
  • Mac and cheese – microwave or water only cooking
  • Instant rice and mashed potatoes
  • Dried parmesan cheese
  • Applesauce – jars or single serving packets
  • Peaches, pears, pineapple – canned or fruit cups
  • Canned black beans and refried beans
  • Heat and serve meals - ravioli, protein or rice bowls
  • Snack items – granola bars, trail mix, jerky, peanuts
  • Heat and serve soups – meat and vegetable options
  • Instant pancake mix and syrup
  • Jars of salsa or queso
  • Taco shells or tortillas (chip or soft) and seasoning
  • Shelf stable meat – pepperoni, meatballs, taco filling
  • Shelf stable milk and protein shakes
  • Instant Oatmeal or packaged breakfast pastries
  • Gluten free shelf stable options

Bloomsburg Food Cupboard

You can make a financial donation to the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard, which provides emergency food bags to students on campus, as well as hosting a weekly food pickup night for Bloomsburg students.

Donations of food can also be dropped off at 329 Center Street, Bloomsburg, PA 17815. Suggestions include: dried pasta and rice, canned fruit and vegetables, peanut butter, cereal, and canned pastas and soups. They will also accept donations of cleaning supplies; volunteers are also welcome.

Dean of Students Pantry

The Dean of Students pantry welcomes the following methods for financial donations:

By Check

  • Make Checks payable to: Bloomsburg University Foundation
  • In the subject line, please write Dean of Student Pantry - Huskies Helping Huskies
  • Mail Check to - Bloomsburg University Foundation, Inc.
    • Greenly Center
    • 50 East Main Street 4th Floor
    • Bloomsburg, PA 17815

Make a Gift online

Bloomsburg Food Pantry

If you wish to donate to the Bloomsburg Food Pantry, checks can be made payable to: Bloomsburg Food Cupboard, 329 Center Street, Bloomsburg, PA 17815

Lock Haven

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The Haven Cupboard provides non-perishable food to current CU-Lock Haven students. The Haven Cupboard is located at CU-Lock Haven's East Campus at 340 West Main Street (formerly Nanobites).

Summer 2024 Hours
Open 4-6 PM on:

  • Wednesday, May 22
  • Wednesday, June 12
  • Wednesday, July 17
  • Wednesday, August 14

Donations accepted during all operating hours.

Donations of non-perishable food items, personal hygiene products, and cleaning supplies can be made during operating hours.

Online

Make a financial contribution to The Haven Cupboard through the Lock Haven University Foundation. In the designation section select “Other” from the drop-down list, a white box will appear, type “Haven Cupboard” in the box.

Lock Haven University Foundation 

Mail

Mail a check, made payable to LHUF-Haven Cupboard to:

Lock Haven University Foundation
10 Susquehanna Ave
Lock Haven, PA 17745

Support students in need by shopping The Haven Cupboard’s Amazon wish list.

Amazon Wish List

Contact

CommonwealthU University Employee

Amy Downes

  • Associate Vice President for Student Success and Campus Life
  • Lock Haven
Jennifer Turnbough

Jen Turnbough

  • Senior Associate Dean of Students for Student Support, Leadership, and Retention Initiatives
  • Bloomsburg