Food Insecurity Statement

Food Insecurity Statement

Our Mission:

To address food insecurity challenges experienced by Utica College students in need by providing them with easily accessible and local nutritional resources, free of charge, and in doing so, promoting their overall well-being and pursuit for academic excellence.


"Seeds of Hope" Food Pantry

1605 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13501

Utica College recently established a partnership with the First Presbyterian Church “Seeds of Hope” food pantry to assist students in accessing food and other personal items who may otherwise experience difficulties in obtaining such products. Students in need are able to access the food pantry free of charge and confidentially.

The pantry hours are Tuesday and Thursday, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. If you need to access the food pantry, please contact the Dean of Students to receive authorization.

Hope House

130 Eagle St, Utica, NY 13501

Utica College has also developed a partnership with the Hope House, a local community soup kitchen. The goal of the Hope House partnership is to have a place where students in need can receive full meals.

The Hope House kitchen is serving during the following hours:

Mon – Fri (except Wed)
Breakfast: 10 - 11 a.m.
Lunch: 12 Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Dinner: 4 to 5 p.m.
Breakfast: 10 - 11 a.m.
Lunch: 12 Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch: 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Dinner: 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Food Recovery Network (FRN) at Utica College

Utica College is a member of the Food Recovery Network. The chapter is run by students in the Nutrition program and collects leftover food from the dining hall and delivers it to UC’s partner agencies - the Hope House and the Rescue Mission. As of March 2019, more than 1100 pounds of food have been donated.

For more information on the Food Recovery program, contact Erin Kelly at

Learn More / Pitch In

For more information on the programs, or how to donate/volunteer, please contact Louise Phelps in the Office of Student Affairs at for more information.

Contact Us

Timothy Ecklund, Ph.D.

Timothy Ecklund, Ph.D.

Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students and Campus Life
Office of Student Affairs
103 Strebel Student Center

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