Hope Food Pantry

About Us

After learning that many new students were going hungry on a regular basis as they struggled to make ends meet, members of the Nursing Student Organization worked for more than a year to establish a food pantry which today serves hundreds of students.  Food insecurity is a problem even for students who are employed, participate in a campus meal plan, or seek other financial or material help.  Students who struggle to eat, also struggle to focus, compete academically, and to graduate. The doors of the Helping Our Peers Excel (HOPE) Food Pantry first opened for students in fall 2016 at the Bethlehem Campus. NCC Monroe Food Pantry is now open for students at Monroe Campus. 

Staffed by volunteers, the pantry provides non-perishable food items supplied by Second Harvest Food Bank and gathered through college food drives. Today, HOPE continues to help college students on their path to success!

1473

Students fed and counting 

*No one is turned away with HOPE, but you must have a valid student ID.

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Hope Pantry Donations

Fall 2018 Dates

Bethlehem H.O.P.E. Pantry
September 5, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
September 19, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
October 10, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
October 24, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
November 7, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
December 5, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

NCC Monroe Food Pantry
September 4, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
September 19, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
October 2, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
October 17, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
October 30, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
November 14, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
November 21, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
December 3, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location of Monroe Campus Pantry is in the downstairs of Kapp Hall Room 10.

Hope Pantry students

Volunteer At H.O.P.E.

We could always use your help! Follow the link below and fill out the online form to schedule your volunteering session. Morgan Gierlich, Student Pantry Coordinator will reach out to you with details to follow once she receives your submission. 

Sign Up to Volunteer
Hope Pantry Stock

What's in the Pantry? What Does H.O.P.E. Need?

The Food Pantry includes non-perishables, some frozen foods and limited toiletries. Because we often do not have enough, patrons are encouraged to bring their own bag (re-usable is best for future visits). H.O.P.E. accepts any non-perishables, especially dry goods, and the pantry always welcomes gift cards to local grocery stores or pharmacies because when stocks get low, we can purchase what students need or give directly to the student for their needs.

Please bring donations to Penn Hall, Room 113, and drop off in the blue grocery cart outside of the Nursing Lab at Bethlehem Campus. Donations can be left in the grocery cart or bins in Kapp Hall at Monroe Campus.

Contact Bethlehem Pantry Contact Monroe Pantry
Hope Pantry Students and Dr. Erickson high fiving

H.O.P.E. Goals

1. Provide a sustainable student run Food Pantry at NCC

2. Have a positive impact on overall program completion rates

3. Provide short-term assistance to encourage and foster long-term independence through education

Hope Pantry Volunteers

Contact Us

Bethlehem
Morgan Gierlich  - Student Pantry Coordinator
     E: mgierlich@spartan.northampton.edu 
Dawn Schulze -- Assistant Student Coordinator
     E: dschulze@spartan.northampton.edu 
Mary Vogl, BSN, RN  -- NSO & Pantry Staff Advisor
     E: mvogl@northampton.edu | P: 610.861.5436
Andrea Corrado, MSN, RN - NSO & Pantry Faculty Advisor
     E: acorrado@northampton.edu | P: 610.332-6574

Monroe 
Xenia Harley-- Staff Advisor
     E: xharley@northampton.edu
Aliya Shani Kenyatta -- Advisor
     E: akenyatta@northampton.edu
 
    P: 570.369.1842
Kristi Kardos--Faculty Advisor
     E: kkardos@northampton.edu

20%
of NCC students go hungry on a regular basis
53%
Of students from 4-year and 2-year institutions that are food insecure, say this problem caused them to miss class
25%
Report dropping a class as an effect of this

Testimonials

"I would never want someone to have to choose between hunger and their future. As a volunteer, there is no better feeling than knowing the work we do might eliminate that decision for our fellow students." 
- Breanna Donate, Student Pantry Coordinator   

"Working at the food pantry is a great opportunity to help other students. It's really something that makes me feel good, knowing that I can help someone else. I wouldn't be where I am today without help and support, why not pass that on to others that may need it also."
- Amanda Cardona, Assistant Student Coordinator

"Nursing, as a science and an art, supports the importance of nutrition in maintaining health, self-sufficiency, and quality of life. The H.O.P.E Food Pantry not only provides a meal for the student in need, it helps to ensure hunger is not a barrier inhibiting academic success." ·
- Andrea Corrado, NSO & Pantry Faculty Advisor         

"This student-initiative progressed over a few years from initial concept to its success today. As an advisor, I hold immense pride for the students who have made this happen. As a nurse, I've touched lives and healed individuals. Helping even one student to graduate is also deeply gratifying. Together our passion for the H.O.P.E. pantry will assure it is maintained, improved and available for our community."
-Mary Vogl, NSO & Pantry Faculty Advisor   

"As a student paying my way, H.O.P.E has been invaluable. It is a tremendous service and run by great, caring people. Thanks again!"
- NCC Student

"It (the pantry) helps students who need to feed their families, and it also helps people financially so they can focus on school and study."
- NCC Student

"This is a great benefit that helps students and families have food on the table."
- NCC Student

The H.O.P.E. Food Pantry is a member of the College and University Food Bank Alliance.