SJC Long Island Food For Thought

SJC Long Island Food For Thought

Many staff and faculty have had personal experiences with SJC students who are food insecure and thus have become concerned that some of our students are much like other students across the nation: hungry. SJC Food for Thought is an SJC Long Island initiative designed to identify students who are at risk of food insecurity, assist in identifying sources of food assistance, provide food assistance, and create safe spaces for personal and confidential conversations.

SJC Food for Thought will open a food pantry in fall 2020 in the Center for Wellness at 319 W. Roe Blvd., which will support members of the SJC community who face hunger by providing immediate and nonperishable food choices. Students are increasingly likely to need a variety of support measures beyond traditional grants, scholarships and financial aid packages to complete their studies. Identifying and providing such assistance represents an investment by the College community in its student body and supports the College's motto, Esse Non Videri — "To be, not to seem."


Those eligible include currently enrolled students — undergraduate and graduate, full time and part time, regardless of academic performance — who are food insecure.

SJC Food Pantry Application


Items drop your donations off at Campus Ministry or at the Academic Advisement Center. Damaged, open, or expired items will not be accepted for distribution​. 

More Information and List of Accepted Items


Students who are food insecure are encouraged to contact the Food Insecurity Committee at [email protected]

The Food Insecurity Committee

Michelle FratiMichelle Frati
Assistant for Student Involvement, Leadership and Intercultural Engagement

"Thirst for knowledge should never be overshadowed by hunger for food."

S. Suzanne FranckS. Suzanne Franck, C.S.J., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Director of Office for Academic Advising

"Nourishment of the body is food; help feed those in need, empowering their spirit and mind."

Steven FuchsSteven Fuchs, Ph.D.
Professor of History

"College students face enormous challenges while earning a college degree; hunger should not be one of them."

Laurie McArdleLaurie McArdle
Assistant Director of Wellness

"Hunger is something that none of our students should ever have to experience. I am humbled to be a small part of such an important initiative to assist those in need."

Cristian MurphyCristian Murphy
Director of the Office of Campus Ministry 

"Food insecurity is something that impacts communities all over. It's an issue that can surprise us all, and we must take the time to be present to this need. The gift of breaking bread and offering service through a food pantry is something that can make a profound impact, and I am honored to be part of this service."