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The Pantry at Geneseo

                                    Food Pantry Lock up with Geneseo shield logo and Student Volunteerism and Community Engagement

Welcome to The Pantry at Geneseo! The Pantry works in partnership with the Geneseo-Groveland Emergency Food Pantry (GGEFP) and is facilitated by interns and volunteers working out of the Office of Student Volunteerism and Community Engagement as well as the School of Business. 

Our Mission

To provide food insecure students with food as a requirement of the SUNY Food Insecurity Task Force. While providing students with food, we maintain anonymity and work to destigmatize food insecurity in our community.

Sustainability 

The Pantry at Geneseo will continuously work to become sustainable. We will be providing students who use the pantry with reusable bags. Students are encouraged to return the bag to a mentor anytime during their shift. With the college's COVID-19 measures in place, these bags will be wiped down and aired out between uses. 

Our Hours:

We schedule pickups based on staff availability. There will be a GOLD mentor or student athlete mentor in Room 114 on Monday through Thursday from 12pm-5pm and 6pm-9pm to answer any questions you may have. 

Location:

MacVittie College Union, Room 114 

Eligibility 

Although The Pantry at Geneseo serves food insecure students, there currently are no financial restrictions set in place. Additionally, the bags provided are meant to be a supplement to those who are food insecure and not be their primary source of sustenance.

How to Receive Food

In order for students to receive food from the pantry, they are required to fill out the Geneseo Food Pantry Request Form. This form will be sent out weekly and is to be filled out for the following week. Please note that students can only schedule one pickup per month. This form is also provided outside The Pantry's location in the College Union in the form of a QR code. Students provide the pantry coordinators with basic information such as preferred name, G#, contact information, pick up date & time, food preferences, and allergies. This form also collects optional demographic information to provide statistics for grants and funding. To ensure anonymity, only the pantry coordinators will see this information and it will not be shared with other students. 

Once the form is completed, one of the pantry coordinators will contact the student with a confirmation email. Students will receive a unique identification number (i.e. A12) to ensure anonymity and their bag is then labeled with this number. Students are to pick up their bag during their assigned time and if a student is unsure of their pickup time, they can view The Pantry's google calendar as it will have the bag identification number for each time slot in the description box. Finally, students will check-in with a mentor in Room 114 in the College Union to pick up their bag. 

The Role of GOLD Mentors and Student Athlete Mentors

The pantry coordinators are grateful to work with GOLD Leader Mentors and Student Athlete Mentors. They are the front-facing staff of the pantry and the first people a student will encounter when checking in for their pick-ups. They also serve as a touchpoint for all SUNY Geneseo students and are prepared to answer questions students may have to the best of their ability. 

Donations

The Pantry is currently accepting donations, including food donations and financial contributions. All donations go to The Pantry's sponsor, the GGEFP, which eventually gets funneled back to students through the pantry initiative. Food donations can be dropped off in Room 114 in the College Union during the hours mentors are staffed. We are currently working with Livingston Cares and Thomas Matthew for monetary donations which can be donated through Venmo (@LivingstonCares) and labeled for "The Pantry at Geneseo".

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the pantry requiring recipients to show ID?

Our current model of the pantry does not require recipients arriving to pick up their pre-ordered bags to provide proof of identification (just their unique identifier). While this may be subject to change, we are doing our best to comply with all students’ comfort level of anonymity.

Will the pantry be offering any type of delivery option?

Currently, the pantry will not be offering any delivery option. While exceptions are possible, please be mindful that these are only offered in the case of an emergency.

Can someone else pick up my bags?

Yes, they just need your unique identification number given in the confirmation email.

What is included in the pick up bags?

The exact contents of the bags will vary depending on the products we receive from the GGEFP and any other suppliers. We provide both perishables and non-perishables. For the emergency bags, there will be a narrow selection of nonperishables that will depend upon our available inventory.

 

Does an emergency bag count towards my one pickup a month?

No, an emergency bag is not classified as your one pickup for the month.

What COVID-19 policies are in place?

The Pantry at Geneseo is serious about taking precautions against COVID-19 and will be disinfecting the reusable bags between uses as well as the pickup area. All staff members and volunteers of the pantry will be expected to follow the college’s guidelines regarding masking and social distancing.

If The Pantry at Geneseo is closed, are there other resources I can use?

Yes! There are a few different resources in the Geneseo area.

The Geneseo-Groveland Emergency Food Pantry is located in the Central Presbyterian Church at 31 Center Street. The food pantry is open Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 2pm and Wednesday from 4pm to 6:30pm.

The Parish Outreach Center is located in the Geneseo United Methodist Church at 4520 Genesee St (Route 63). The pantry is open Monday through Thursday 9am to 12pm. Students in need of hygiene or food items can stop in during that time. 

The Little Free Pantry is always available. It is located on the Second Street entrance of the Wadsworth Library (24 Center Street). Take what you are in need of and even donate if you would like. 

Contact Us

Email: foodpantry@geneseo.edu  

Coordinators:

Funding and Training: Jocelyn Haines, jjh26@geneseo.edu 

Marketing and Outreach: Megan Conklin, mnc5@geneseo.edu  

Logistics and Inventory: Bryan Campagna, bac15@geneseo.edu 

 

 

 Social Media

Instagram: @thepantryatgeneseo 

Facebook: @thepantryatgeneseo