Food Pantry Information and Support Opportunities

The USDA defines food insecurity as the lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle. In 2020 1 in 8 Americans were considered food insecure, equating to over 38 million Americans, including 12 million children. 

In a campus-wide student survey completed in 2021, 183 responses were received. Within those responses, over 17% of students self-identified as food insecure, and almost 29% reported that they sometimes, often, or always skip meals.

The Clarkson Food Pantry is a safe and confidential area for students to access food and other necessities. It is managed by the Office of the Dean of Students, in conjunction with campus partners dedicated to the cause. We strive to keep items such as what you see below in stock.

  • Non-perishable Foods
  • Toiletries and Self-Care Products
  • Books and School Supplies
  • Homegoods and Small Appliances
  • Clothing
  • Additional Basic Needs

The pantry depends upon donations to remain stocked for our in-need members of the Clarkson community.

Members of the Clarkson Community who wish to donate food or supplies to the pantry can:

  • Order from the Clarkson Food Pantry Amazon Wish List
  • Deliver in-person donations to the Office of the Dean of Students, Price Hall 1003G
  • Request their donation be picked up from their on-campus office, email Vanessa Fernandes, to coordinate
  • Mail donations to Vanessa Fernandes, CU Box 5570, 8 Clarkson Avenue, Potsdam NY 13699 

Members of the Clarkson Community who wish to show support via monetary donations can:

  • Make an online monetary donation via the Online Giving Form, be sure to select Student Emergency Relief Fund as the Fund / Designation Selection
  • Make an in-person donation to Vanessa Fernandes, email to coordinate

Questions or concerns regarding the Food Pantry should be addressed to or via phone at (315) 268-6620.

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