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 is facilitated by interns and volunteers working out of the Office of Student Volunteerism and Community Engagement and GOLD mentors.

Our Mission

Our mission is 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 continuously works to become sustainable and maintain sustainability initiatives. We provide students who use The Panty with reusable bags during pickups. Students are encouraged to return the bag anytime during our open hours or at the time of their next pickup.

In addition to reusable bags, other sustainable food storage items are available. Beeswax wraps, reusable freezer bags and reusable storage containers are available to students during the bag request process (when inventory allows).

Donations

We accept food and hygiene donations as well as financial contributions. Food and hygiene donations can be dropped off in Room 114 in the College Union during staffing hours or in The Office of Student Volunteerism and Community Engagement during non-staffing hours. Please email The Pantry if you are looking to make a donation during a college break.

Financial contributions can be made using The Geneseo Foundation donation form. Directions and FAQs regarding The Pantry's use of The Geneseo Foundation donation form can be found using the button below. Directions and FAQs

If you would like to conduct a food drive on our behalf please email us in advance! 

pickup request form

Our Hours:

We schedule pickups based on staff availability. There will be a GOLD mentor in Room 114 during the following times:

Semester Hours:
Monday through Thursday, 12pm to 4pm

Summer Hours:
By appointment only.

Location:

MacVittie College Union, Room 114 

 

Eligibility 

All students are eligible to receive food from The Pantry. Students just need to follow the directions listed below in the "How to Receive Food" section to be supplied with food. Please note, 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 is open Monday through Friday and is to be filled out for the following week. The 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 and 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, a The Pantry coordinator 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 the time selected and confirmed from the request form.

To receive the requested bag, students will check-in with a mentor in Room 114 in the College Union during staffing hours on the day they selected to pick up their bag.

All bags are held for two weeks before being disassembled and items reallocated to other users. Users receive a reminder to pick up their bag the week following a missed pickup.

The Role of GOLD Mentors

The Pantry coordinators are grateful to work with GOLD leader 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 Geneseo students and are prepared to answer questions students may have to the best of their ability. 

SNAP Resources

April 28, 2023 - Last week, the United States Department of Education released additional guidance regarding the upcoming end of the public health emergency and what this will mean for students’ access to public benefits such as SNAP. View the memo
 
Under regular SNAP eligibility requirements, students enrolled at least half-time in an institution of higher education are typically ineligible for SNAP benefits unless they meet certain specific exemptions. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 temporarily expands SNAP eligibility to include students who either:

  • Are eligible to participate in state or federally financed work-study during the regular academic year, as determined by the institution of higher education; or
  • Have an expected family contribution (EFC) of $0 in the current academic year, which includes students who are eligible for a maximum Pell Grant. 

The pandemic health emergency will end on May 11, 2023, which means the extra SNAP exemptions will end 30 days later.
 
Importantly, students who submit their SNAP applications after June 10, 2023, will be processed under the previous (and more limited) SNAP rules.

However, applications received before June 10, 2023, will be processed under the expanded pandemic rule—which means they will retain eligibility until their recertification date, which is typically one year.
 
So even after the pandemic emergency ends, you may still be eligible for SNAP, and there is a significant benefit to applying before June 10, 2023.

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Are you interested in applying for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)? We are partnering with Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. to help students apply for SNAP benefits. If you would like to apply, contact Yolanda Sheffa, the Director of Nutrition Outreach and Education.  

Direct Line: (585) 504-2961 ext. 7000 or email at ysheffa@lawny.org 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is The Pantry requiring recipients to show ID?

Our current model does not require recipients arriving to pick up their requested 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?

The Pantry currently does not deliver. 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 suppliers and donations. We provide mainly non-perishables and a limited amount of perishables. For the emergency bags, there will be a limited selection of non-perishables that will depend upon our available inventory.

Does an emergency bag count towards my pickup?

No, an emergency bag is not classified as a pickup.

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 St. The food pantry is open Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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 9 a.m. to noon. Students in need of hygiene or food items can stop in during that time. 

Contact Us

General Email: foodpantry@geneseo.edu

Coordinators:

Fiona Foley, fkf1@geneseo.edu

Matthew McGowan, mrm31@geneseo.edu

Grace Sutherland, gks6@geneseo.edu

Talia Weidberg, tlw11@geneseo.edu

 Social Media

Instagram: @thepantryatgeneseo 

Facebook: @thepantryatgeneseo