To combat the reality and struggle of food insecurity for our students, Student Development and Campus Life has established the Red Hawk Pantry. On April 18, 2016, the on-campus food pantry opened for the first time and continues to serve the needs of our students. To assess these needs, a survey was sent to all students prior to the opening of the pantry. Of the nearly 200 Montclair State students surveyed, 10% expressed food insecurity on a daily basis, while 15% expressed a need on weekly basis and 12% on a monthly basis.
In July of 2016, the University launched a fundraising campaign to help sustain the pantry and allow it to become self-sustaining and continue to serve the needs of our students. Gifts to the campaign help the Red Hawk Pantry to offer more hours, stock more supplies and expand its services to students.
Available at the Red Hawk Pantry
The following items are available to all qualifying Montclair State students:
- Food items
- Health/personal care products
(Items are subject to change and availability)
The Red Hawk Pantry will be open on the following dates/times:
- Thursday, May 2, 2-5 p.m.
- Thursday, May 9, 2-5 p.m.
- Monday, May 13, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Accepting for donations of unopened food and unused toiletries. No clothing or linens will be accepted.)
- Thursday, May 23, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Thursday, May 30, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Don’t forget to bring your Montclair State University Student ID and your shopping bag to carry your items.
If you are unable to come during scheduled dates/times, you can make an appointment. For appointments, please call 973-655-6959.
How Do I Donate To the Pantry?
If you’d like to support the on-campus food pantry, you can make your gift online. Please select “Red Hawk Pantry” on the donation form. To donate goods, you can bring your donation to the Center for Student Involvement in the Montclair State University Student Center, 1st floor or you can drop off items at the Information Desk on the 2nd floor of the Student Center. Most-needed items include canned proteins and grab and go items such as granola bars. In addition to food, the pantry is also collecting toiletries, laundry detergent and personal hygiene products.
For more information on the on-campus food pantry, contact Sonja Tillman, Student Development and Campus Life, Student Center, Room 263, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 973-655-6959.