The Hendricks Chapel Food Pantry was started by chapel staff member, Ginny Yerdon, in the fall semester of 2013. Yerdon began the pantry when she and staff members realized the growing amount of students experiencing food insecurity. At its inception nearly 10 years ago, the pantry received 3 or 4 student patrons weekly. Now, in 2023, the pantry receives anywhere from 100-250 student visitors per week.
There are currently two food pantries on campus, one is located directly across from the dean’s suite in the chapel and the other is on South Campus. Both pantries rely on monetary and food donations. Monetary donations are used to buy fresh produce, protein bars, soups, pastas, snacks, and personal hygiene items.
Pete’s Giving Garden was started in June of 2021 and is a collaboration between the Office of Engagement Programs, Energy Systems and Sustainability Management, the Food Studies Program in Falk College and Physical Plant.The garden provides some produce to the pantries and has been highlighted for the planting of the Three Sisters and celebrating Indigenous agriculture. It is named after SU’s vice president & chief facilities officer, Pete Sala.
The pantry is intended to directly serve individuals who experience hunger, food insecurity, and a lack of resources. We also seek to support students by connecting pantry visitors with guidance and resources that can create sustainable solutions in response to their needs. We believe students should not have to choose between spending on food or other essential expenses. We want all students to succeed at Syracuse University. The Hendricks Chapel Food Pantry is stocked with food and personal care items, available at no cost to all students with valid Syracuse University or SUNY ESF ID.
To Access the Food Pantry
Both Hendricks Chapel Food Pantry locations—in Hendricks Chapel and on South Campus—are open. Students are encouraged to visit the food pantries during scheduled hours, where they can access food, fresh produce, and personal care items. Visitors looking for a specific item are welcome to ask for assistance.
Current 2023 Hours
Hendricks Chapel Food Pantry, located on the lower level
Monday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Wednesday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Sign in to the Main Campus Food Pantry online here before your visit or upon your arrival.
South Campus, located at the Carriage House (161 Farm Acre Road)
Wednesdays 1 – 4 p.m.
Fridays 1 – 4 p.m.
Parking is available outside the Carriage House or visit the Campus Shuttle schedule for other transportation options.
Fresh vegetables are delivered to the Hendricks Chapel Food Pantry once per week! Learn more about Pete’s Giving Garden, the garden on South Campus that grows produce for the pantries, in this Syracuse University News article.
Additional Syracuse-Area Food Pantries
Click HERE to find more food pantries in the Syracuse area.
Register with New York State’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Click HERE for eligibility information on SNAP.
Click HERE to register for SNAP.
Students do not need to be U.S. citizens to be eligible.
Connect with 211
211 is a free service that connects callers to critical health and human services in their community. For help with addiction, mental health, housing, legal matters, and more, 211 is a great support. Dial 2-1-1 on your phone or click HERE for information.
How to Support the Pantry
Hendricks Chapel relies on generous donations from the Syracuse University community to stock the food pantry. Ways to support the food pantry include:
- Donating food or personal care items. Physical donations may be dropped off at the Hendricks Chapel Dean’s Suite. Items may also be ordered through our Amazon Wish List, which ships items directly to the pantry. All are encouraged to donate to the Food Pantry Support Fund.
- Holding a food and toiletry drive. Student groups, residence hall floors, offices, and departments can hold food and toiletry drives to benefit the food pantry. Reach out to Leondra Tyler to learn how you can “Adopt-A-Month” for the pantry!
- Volunteering at the food pantry. Volunteers are needed to stock and organize the pantry, assist with fresh produce deliveries on Fridays and answer questions for visitors. To volunteer, please contact Leondra Tyler, 315.443.1254 or email@example.com.
Hendricks Chapel’s Food Pantry In The News
December 2022 — Syracuse University food pantries fight hunger and stigma on campus
September 2022 — SU garden brings national attention to Indigenous agriculture
September 2022 — Hendricks Chapel Food Pantry, Pete’s Giving Garden Help Combat Food Insecurity in Campus Community (News Channel 9)
November 2021 — Hendricks Chapel Food Pantry Fights Food Insecurity (Citrus TV)
October 2021 — Hendricks Chapel Expands Access to Food Pantry
May 2021 — ‘Food insecurity is all around us’: How food pantries at Syracuse University fill a hidden need for students
April 2021 — Syracuse University addresses food insecurity on campus
March 2021 — ‘Cuse Food Funder raises over $7,000 for Hendricks Chapel’s food pantries
August 2020 — Fresh Produce from Pete’s Giving Garden Now Available in Campus Food Pantries
July 2019 — Garden Planted to Provide Fresh Vegetables for Campus Food Pantry
February 2014 — Hendricks food pantry serves hungry students