ESF Food Pantry
- Minimize time at the pantry. Consider calling ahead to check the line and follow pantry distribution guidelines.
- ONLY ONE student at a time is allowed in the pantry due to occupancy capacity.
- Do not come to pick up food if within the previous 14 days you have shown signs of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell), or have known exposure to COVID-19 or a positive COVID-19 test. Notify the food pantry that someone else will pick up your food if policy allows.
- Wear a mask and follow physical distancing guidelines of 6 feet between other customers and volunteers.
- Avoid touching your face.
- After returning home, wash your hands for 20 seconds, wetting hands first.
- Wash hands again after you put away your food.
- Clean and sanitize kitchen counters.
- There is no evidence that food or food packaging is associated with spreading the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. As always, wash produce (if any is in stock) with running water and a scrub brush if needed before eating or preparing food.
- All volunteers of the pantry must adhere to the same guidelines.
Healthy food should be available to every student, without fear of judgment or second-class treatment.
Food insecurity, the state of having limited or uncertain access to food, is an issue on college campuses across the country. To address this problem, the College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) established an on-campus food pantry for students who may be experiencing hunger and/or struggling to attain food due to financial hardships.
The food pantry is named to honor Beth Ann Newkirk, an ESF student who died June 11, 2019, in a house fire. Beth came to ESF as a transfer student in the fall of 2018 in EFB. She used the Syracuse University Food Pantry and if she was still with us would be an avid supporter of ESF's pantry. Beth was described as "a glowing bright light" and "a joy to be around." It is a great privilege for ESF to name the pantry to honor her spirit.
Beth's Bounty: The Food Pantry at ESF is run by Alpha Xi Sigma, ESF's Honors Society student organization. It receives support from the Division of Student Affairs and the Food Pantry Advisory Team.
- Creating a safe space to distribute quality emergency food to current ESF students.
- Creating and promoting a space on campus dedicated to food donation collection.
- Collecting quality food items that may otherwise go to waste to enhance sustainability initiatives on campus.
- Encouraging student engagement to foster a sense of community, volunteerism, and service to peers on campus.
The Food Pantry is located in Bray Space, room 12D, located in the basement of Bray Hall.
Students will be asked to show their ID upon entering the Food Pantry to verify student status. Otherwise, use of the Pantry will be anonymous and confidential.
In an effort to support students in need of using the Food Pantry and helping it sustain itself, there will be a limit on how many items per food category students can take in a single visit. The Food Pantry student staff will assist visitors with questions.
Give to The Food Pantry Fund
Your gift will be used to support the Pantry's daily operation, and to supplement the inventory of donated goods.
Checks made payable to: SUNY ESF College Foundation, Inc.--note "Food Pantry" on the memo line—should be mailed to:
ESF Development Office
Re: Food Pantry
214 Bray Hall
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210
Donate goods to the Food Pantry:
The Food Pantry is accepting donations of food and personal care items.
Items can be dropped off, or shipped to us at:
Division of Student Affairs
1 Forestry Drive, 14 Bray Hall
Syracuse, NY 13210
Below is a list of suggested items. Check out our Amazon Wish List for ideas and to deliver directly to the Pantry.
- List of Suggested Items (PDF)
- ESF Food Pantry Recipe Guide: Fall Edition
- ESF Food Pantry Recipe Guide: Winter Edition
Other Resources in the Community
ESF students can also access the Syracuse University Food Pantry located in two locations now. The location on SU Main Campus is in Hendricks Chapel in the Dean's Office, Room 003. The second location is on SU's South Campus. For more information please visit Hendricks Chapel at http://hendricks.syr.edu/services-and-initiatives/food-pantry.html.
Additional Resources in the Community are:
And Emergency Food Pantries are:
For additional resources beyond food, ESF has started to compile a set of brochures outside the pantry and wrote a resource guide for support within the surrounding community. List of Community Resources (DOC)