Maria's Place

Maria's Place

CCSU Community Pantry


MARIA'S PLACE - CCSU Community Pantry

The food pantry was named in loving memory of Maria A. Alvarez. Maria worked at CCSU for more than 32 years where she was loved by students, faculty and staff. Outside of work, Maria was a volunteer at the food pantry in her parish. The food pantry combines her love of students and compassion for the community.

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Our Primary Objective

The Food Pantry is an initiative of the Newman House at CCSU in collaboration with the Office of Community Engagement, Campus of Compassion and the Food Pantry Committee.

CCSU Community Pantry Values

  • Access to food is a human right
  • Everyone should be treated with respect and dignity
  • The Food Pantry Committee standbys the CCSU Campus of Compassion’s Charter of Compassion

Available Items & Donations Needed

Non-Perishable Food

  • Baby Formula, Baby Food
  • Bottled Water
  • Boxed/Packaged Pastas (& Pasta Sauce)
  • Canned Meat/Fish
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Cereals
  • Dried Milk
  • Flour
  • Granola Bars, Mixed Nuts, Dried Fruit
  • Instant Mac & Cheese
  • Jarred/Canned Fruits
  • Oatmeal
  • Oils, Condiments
  • Peanut Butter, Jelly
  • Popcorn
  • Rice, Noodles
  • Soups, Broths
  • Tuna Cans

Personal Hygiene:

  • Baby Diapers, Wipes
  • Bandaids
  • Brush, Combs
  • Deodorants
  • Laundry/Dish Detergent
  • Paper Products (toilet paper, paper towels)
  • Personal Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Shaving Cream, Razors
  • Soaps, Shampoos, Conditioners
  • Toothpaste/Tooth Brushes/Floss

School Supplies:

  • New/Gently Used School Supplies
What to Expect & How to Access the Pantry
  • This is a FREE service for all current CCSU students, faculty, and staff who are in need of food assistance
  • During the first visit you will need to present your CCSU Bluechip Card. 
    A volunteer will guide you through the process for future visits.
  • Those using the pantry may take TEN items of food per visit
  • Please bring grocery bags
  • Visits to the pantry are confidential and volunteers will maintain privacy

For More Information Please Email

How to make Donations

Non-perishable food and other necessities are needed throughout the academic year and all donations are appreciated! Donations can be dropped off during open food pantry hours.

For More Information About Donations & Volunteering 
Please Email

Food Pantry Volunteer Guidelines
  • All volunteers must complete training before supervising the pantry
  • Be kind to all participants and greet them as they come in!
  • Be a resource to the visitors
  • Be an advocate, spread the word!

For More Information About Donations & Volunteering 
Please Email