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Bear Necessities Food Pantry

Equipped to provide a variety of food and personal care items for our students in need.

The Bear Necessities Food Pantry has moved!

We are now located in Nelson A Rockefeller Center (RC) 168 (connected to Hinman Collegiate Center), overseen by Off-campus Programs and Services.

Why we offer a pantry

Food insecurity has increasingly become an issue on college and university campuses and can pose a significant barrier to student success. Many students come to campus with limited resources and little experience managing their needs. Hunger makes it difficult to study, sleep, or engage in academics and social activities at the same level as peers. If our students' physiological needs aren't being met, it ultimately decreases the chances of meeting their full potential and their overall experience at Binghamton University.

How to use the pantry

Students who wish to access the Bear Necessities Pantry are welcome and encouraged to visit RC-168. Bring a University ID.

Donate to the pantry

We are sustained by the generosity of our donors.  We seek donations of perishable and non-perishable food items as well as personal care items and small household items. We will even pick up donated items. For those who wish to donate to the Bear Necessities Pantry, items can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. We are also willing to pick up items. Give us a call at 607-777-2768 or fill out this form if you'd like to donate.

Contact the food pantry at occ@binghamton.edu

The pantry is currently in need of the following items: 

  • Personal care items: tissues, deodorant, shampoo, razors, feminine hygiene products
  • Condiments – ketchup, mayo, mustard, pickles, BBQ sauce, salad dressing, etc.
  • Kitchen staples – sugar, flour, olive oil, spices, small sized salt and pepper shakers
  • High-protein non-perishables – nuts, trail mix, beans, canned chicken, protein bars
  • Rice, pastas and sauces
  • Cereal other than Cheerios and Chex (we have lots of those)
  • Crackers
  • Boxed or dried milk
  • Canned fruit or fruit cups
  • Gluten free and Kosher
  • School supplies for January

Additional Resources:

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Last Updated: 8/27/18