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The Cornell Food Pantry

Free, confidential access to food and personal care items is available to Cornell undergraduate and graduate students, as well as Cornell staff and faculty.

The Cornell Food Pantry's regular hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays 4-7pm, Wednesdays and Fridays 10am-1pm, and Sundays 12-3pm. (Hours may vary during breaks.

Our summer hours beginning May 29th are Tuesdays and Thursdays 3-7pm, Wednesdays and Fridays 10am-1pm, and closed Sunday. The Food Pantry will be closed Wednesday, May 22nd through Tuesday, May 28th; Wednesday, June 5th through Tuesday, June 11th; June 19th; and Thursday, July 4th through Monday, July 8th.)

The Cornell Food Pantry has seen significantly increased participation so far this semester, and is serving more students, staff, and faculty than ever before, so we've been running out of some items more quickly than we're able to replenish them. 

In order to equitably serve as many people as possible, we are implementing some new limits per person, per visit on high-demand items, and we're adjusting the points "price" for certain items to better reflect recent cost increases for these foods.

Please refer to the updated signage at the Food Pantry for details.

Enroll to participate: Visit to enroll in the Food Pantry program. (2023-2024 registrations will expire on June 30th, and all guests will need to re-enroll for the 2024-2025 year. Your points balance will not be affected.)

Under state guidelines, Cornell students, staff, and faculty are eligible to have access to the Cornell Food Pantry if their total household incomes are at or below 200% of federal poverty guidelines, or if they participate in any assistance programs such as SNAP, WIC, FDPIR, TANF, Medicaid, free or reduced school meals, or SSI. The Cornell Food Pantry does not ask for or expect any proof of eligibility. In addition to online enrollment, there's a paper form provided by New York State that we keep on file as part of our partnership with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. You can fill it out on your first visit to the Food Pantry.

The Cornell Food Pantry is located in the building at 109 McGraw Place, but our entrance is on the southwest-facing side of the building, not on the McGraw Place side of the building. You can reach the Cornell Food Pantry via the access road off University Avenue between Stewart Avenue and McGraw Place.

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