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Corky's Cupboard provides temporary food assistance to alleviate hunger

Corky's Cupboard Food Pantry

Mission of Corky's Cupboard

The mission 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.

Pantry Location & Operation

Corky’s Cupboard is located in Memorial Union Room 147, in the back (south end) of the Center for Student Involvement. This location provides relatively private access for students. The pantry is open on Mondays and Thursdays from 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM when classes are in session. Corky’s Cupboard provides a variety of non-perishable food items such as canned fruits, vegetables, proteins, snacks, soups, meals and mixes, and grains and starches such as rice, noodles, and pasta.

To make the pantry as accessible and easy to use as possible, the only eligibility requirement is that users must be currently enrolled Emporia State students. Students can use the pantry once per week, and may take up to 10 items per visit.

Resources for Eating Healthy on a Budget

The following resources are provided by the United States Department of Agriculture's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. For more information, visit

Meeting Your MyPlate Goals on a Budget.pdf

Eating Better on a Budget.pdf

Mini-Fridge Makeover.pdf

Be Choosy in the Dining Hall.pdf

Build a Healthy Meal.pdf

Stocking the Pantry & Donating to 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. However, we will accept donations year-round. 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. Individuals wishing to make monetary donations to the pantry may do so by following the steps below.

Visit the Emporia State University Foundation giving website.

Select the amount you would like to donate.

In the "Designation:" drop down menu, select "Other".

In the "Other" field, type Corky's Cupboard Food Pantry Fund.

Click the "Add Gift" button, and then complete the rest of the form and click the "Give Now" button.

Donation Wish List

  • Proteins
    • peanut butter, canned chicken/tuna, beans, canned chili, nuts
  • Fruits + Veggies
    • canned fruits and vegetables, applesauce, tomato juice, raisins, dried fruit
  • Grains
    • pasta, rice, cereal, noodles, oatmeal
  • Meals + Mixes
    • baking mixes, soups, instant potatoes, mac and cheese, hamburger helper, spaghetti sauce
  • Snacks
    • granola bars, crackers, popcorn, pudding


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 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.