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Corky's Cupboard

Opening November 3, 2014

Memorial Union 147 | Open Mondays & Thursdays 12:00PM - 5:00PM

Mission of Corky's Cupboard

The misison of the Corky's Cupboard campus food pantry is to foster a healthy university community by providing temporary food assistance in an effort to alleviate hunger.


In spring 2014, the potential need to provide food assistance to Emporia State students was brought before the Student Affairs Council. The Center for Student Involvement (CSI) and Student Wellness volunteered to lead this initiative. Staff from these two departments, along with the Associated Student Government president and vice president, began meeting regularly to develop a plan. In April, on-campus students were invited to participate in a food security survey (796 invitations sent). While the response rate was low (5%, 40 responses), the results indicated that some students are food insecure, meaning they may not have the resources necessary for an adequate daily intake of food, or may not always know where their next meal may come from.

  • 42% of respondents indicated that at some point in the current academic year while classes were in session, they skipped a meal because they did not have enough money to buy food
  • 42% of respondents indicated that at some point in the past month, they skipped a meal because they did not have enough money to buy food
  • 8 students indicated that they had skipped more than 5 meals during the past month
The team immediately began developing plans to open a campus food pantry, named Corky’s Cupboard, in fall 2014.

Pantry Location & Operation

Corky’s Cupboard will be located in Room 147 of the Center for Student Involvement. This room, located in the back of the CSI suite, provides relatively private access. The pantry will initially be staffed by Community Hornets and Student Wellness student assistants, and will be open two days per week in the afternoons. The pantry will be open on Mondays and Thursdays from 12:00PM - 5:00PM. Corky’s Cupboard will provide a variety of non-perishable food items such as canned fruits, vegetables, and proteins, and grains and starches such as rice, noodles, and pasta. Our goal is to provide food with adequate nutritional value.

To make the pantry as accessible and easy to use as possible, the only eligibility requirement will be that users must be currently enrolled Emporia State students. Students will be able to use the pantry once per week, and will be able to take up to a maximum number of items from each donation wish list food category listed below. Additionally, information about Emporia community food pantries (including locations, hours of operation, and eligibility requirements) will be provided to users.

Stocking the Pantry

Campus food drives will be held throughout the year, as needed, to keep the pantry stocked. Associated Student Government will annually donate a portion of the goods raised from the fall Can the Bods competition to Corky's Cupboard. If you would like to donate items to the pantry, we kindly ask that you donate items that fall into our donation wish list categories listed below. Donations can be dropped off in the Center for Student Involvement.


peanut butter, canned chicken/tuna, beans, canned chili, nuts

canned fruits and vegetables, applesauce, tomato juice, raisins, dried fruit

pasta, rice, cereal, noodles, oatmeal

baking mixes, soups, instant potatoes, mac and cheese, hamburger helper, spaghetti sauce

granola bars, crackers, popcorn, pudding

Pantry Partners

We are grateful to have a number of partners who are helping to make Corky's Cupboard a reality. Pantry Partners provide ongoing support for the pantry, including coordinating pantry operations, staffing the pantry, and hosting food drives to stock the pantry. Our Pantry Partners include: