Alfred University Food Pantry (AUFP)

At Alfred University, our students are stewards of the community. There's always a helping hand available to those who need it, as well as on-campus food and personal necessity assistance at the student-run AU Food Pantry.

Women's Leadership Center sign with a food pantry poster on it

Mission

To support the Alfred University campus community and surrounding area by providing healthful food options to those who may need them.

Vision

No community member goes hungry, or is unable to meet their needs securely while learning, working, and living together. Quality food and nutrition is accessible to all.

Who We Are

The AUFP aims to complement the existing food security efforts of Alfred, Almond, Hornell, Wellsville, and the surrounding WNY area by offering supplemental/emergency foods. We serve low income or food insecure students, an overlooked population in need on college campuses, as well as community members unaffiliated with the university. The AUFP intends to offer nutritious, culturally appropriate, and diet sensitive food to those in need in our community.

We are just one part of the efforts made within Alfred University, the town of Alfred, and neighboring communities to address food and need insecurity, community health, and citizen/collegiate relationships as we work together to help one another thrive.

We are now affiliated with both CUFBA (College & University Foodbank Alliance) and Foodlink Rochester.

Hours of Operation

The pantry is open on Mondays from 3:30pm - 6:00pm. Please contact Kirstin VanRenselaar, AUFP Intern during Fall and Spring semesters, or Tamara Kenney, Dean of Student Wellbeing, to schedule your appointment.

Location

The Judson Leadership Center, next to the Connors Hall, on the corner of Ford and Sayles streets.

How to Donate

If you wish to donate food or personal care products, you can drop off items at the Information Desk in Powell Campus Center or directly to the Food Pantry located in the Judson Leadership Center. We also have an Amazon Registry that allows for items to be purchased and delivered directly to our food pantry! If you wish to give a monetary donation, of which 100% will go directly toward funding AUFP, please contact Tamara Kenney, Dean of Student Wellbeing. 

How to Volunteer

Volunteers assist the AUFP interns and coordinator by picking up donations, putting up flyers, and facilitating the food pantry during operational hours. Please contact our interns for information about volunteering.

Thank You

Alfred University would like to thank Larry Sell MFA '72 for his initial generous donation and encouragement to get our food pantry up and running. Thank you also to the spouses and partners of our Alfred University Board of Trustees, who have contributed not only financial resources but the refrigerator and Keurig supplies for food pantry guests to enjoy. If you also want to help support the AUFP, please consider donating. No matter how big or small, all donations make a difference.

food pantry building at the judson leadership center

Donation Guidelines

The AUFP welcomes the following donations of food and personal care items.

Please make sure that all donations have an expiration at least two months from the time that you donate them. If you are donating loose items from a multipack product of any kind, please make sure your donations are individually sealed or wrapped and have not been opened before.

In general, we also prefer smaller servings/jars/cans, rather than servings that need to be preserved in a fridge, and easy to open packages such as pop-top cans rather than something that needs a can opener or other tool. Students often prefer microwaveable foods rather than what requires an oven or stove. These are in the highest demand and are the easiest for the food pantry to manage and store.

Foods

  • Canned goods: soups, fruits, vegetables, sauces, etc.
  • Boxed foods: cereal, macaroni, and cheese, dinner sides, noodles, baked goods, etc
  • Allergen-free items: Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan
  • Cooking oils, soup stock, spices, etc.
  • Easy prep foods, loose granola bars, oatmeal packets, fruit snacks, etc
  • Protein shakes, breakfast shakes, squeezable fruit
  • Fresh fruits, vegetables, and refrigerated/frozen products will only be accepted when the pantry is open or by making an appointment.

Personal Care Products

  • Tampons/maxi pads
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Soap
  • Toothbrushes/toothpaste
  • Toilet paper
  • Hair products
  • Shaving cream/razors

Please Do NOT Bring:

  • Bulk food, as we are unable to separate them into smaller sizes ourselves due to food safety regulations
  • Opened jars/bags/boxes of food

Contact Us

Interested in volunteering or have questions? Please reach out to us!