Panther Pantry and Community Closet

Panther Pantry

The Panther Pantry and Community Closet are on-campus resources helping our campus community fight food insecurity and address material needs. The Panther Pantry and Communty Closet are located in room 116 A across from the Health Center. This welcoming space provides no-cost food and other supplies to all members of the campus community with day, evening, and weekend hours while classes are in session.

  • All students, faculty, and staff are eligible
  • Open to members of the community at large to assist with emergency needs
  • Meats, dairy, produce, bread, cereal, soup, pasta, snacks, and other food 
  • Household items such as dishes, flatware, pots and pans, and bedding 
  • Coats, clothing, and shoes for all ages, genders, and sizes 
  • Information available for accessing other resources in our sponsoring counties

I am very grateful that this is offered. It is a hard balance cutting back on work to go to school and further one's education. The food pantry definitely takes off some of the stress and it means a lot that as students we (and our families) are cared for on this level.  Tompkins Cortland Community College Student 

How to Access the Pantry and Closet

  • Shop our free choice shelves, coolers, and racks
  • Using the point system below, make choices that are right for you and your lifestyle 
  • Present your TC ID number to the Pantry Assistant  
  • Answer a few questions about your household size


  • Receive 50 points of food per week. Campus Community members living with non-students may receive an additional 15 points per person up to four (110 points).
  • Campus Community members may visit the Pantry and Closet once per day, receive one frozen meat/protein selection per visit, and one per type of refrigerated item, e.g. one butter, one milk.
  • Additionally, you receive 20 points per week for non-food or “closet items”. Campus Community members living with non-students may receive an extra three points per person up to four (32 points).

The Panther Pantry has allowed me to continue to eat healthier, which has helped me physically and mentally. And this is reflected in my grades. Thank you! - Tompkins Cortland Community College Student 

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