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


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


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.

Program Dates and Hours of Operation

Due to Covid-19, the food pantry is only open by appointment. Please contact Kirstin VanRenselaar to schedule your appointment.


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

How to Donate

If you wish to give a food or personal care product donation, please drop it off in one of the on campus donation sites listed below. If you wish to give a monetary donation, of which 100% will go directly toward funding the AUFP, please contact Tamara Kenney, Dean of Student Wellbeing.

On Campus Donation Sites: Judson Leadership Center, Center for Student Involvement and Information Desk in the Powell Campus Center.

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.

Contact Us

AUFP Intern: Kirstin VanRenselaar
AUFP Coordinator: Tamara Kenney, Dean of Student Wellbeing

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.


  • Canned goods: soups, beans, vegetables, etc.
  • Ingredients for simple meals
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Boxed foods: mac and cheese, dinner sides
  • Cooking oils, stock, spices (no butter)
  • Baking ingredients
  • Cookies, crackers, and snacks like pudding or jello cups
  • Gluten free items
  • Spaghetti sauce and other sauces for pasta and rice
  • Foods that do not require a lot of preparation
  • Loose granola bars, tea bags, oatmeal packets, etc. can be donated if they are individually sealed

Personal Care Products

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

Please Do NOT Bring:

  • Refrigerated products, unless you can bring it on a food pantry open date
  • Frozen foods
  • Fresh produce, unless you can bring it on a food pantry open date
  • Bulk food, as we are unable to separate them into smaller sizes ourselves due to food safety regulations
  • Opened jars/bags/boxes of food