Who We Are
The Food 4 Thought Pantry was created in 2016 by L4L to help the college combat food insecurity among our students. According to a first-of-its-kind survey released in April 2018 by Temple University and Wisconsin HOPE Lab researchers, more than 1/3 of college students surveyed nationally do not get enough to eat.
In Fall 2019, L4L collaborated with The Hope Center for College, Community and Justice at Temple University to conduct the #RealCollege Survey at Rhode Island College. There are 681 students that participated in the survey. According to the survey results, 40% of respondents experienced food insecurity during the 30 days preceding the survey and within the previous year.
According to a survey released in March 2021 by Temple University and Wisconsin HOPE Lab researches, 28% of students surveyed experience food insecurity in the prior 30 days.
In Fall 2019, Rhode Island College received the results of the Campus Climate Survey that was conducted the prior semester. The survey indicated that 33% (323 of 953 respondents) of our students indicated they were experiencing financial hardships related to obtaining food.
During the 2022-2023 academic year, the Food 4 Thought Pantry was utilized by 237 students, for a total of 502 times.
|Who is Eligible?
||Where, When, How?
|We serve all RIC students who are food and/or housing insecure, and struggle to make ends meet. All you need is your student ID card. We are committed to protecting your privacy if you visit us or contact us for resources.
||The pantry is stocked with canned goods, pasta, pasta sauce, mac and cheese, peanut butter, jelly, snacks and more. We also some toiletries available.
||The pantry is located in Bldg #3, East Campus.
Accessing the Food Pantry
The pantry is closed during the summer break. If you need support with access to the pantry or other resources for food, please call the Learning for Life office at (401) 456-6320 or email email@example.com.