About Us

Mission

We recognize that poverty is often a barrier for students who are striving to obtain a certification or degree in higher education. One of the many hardships associated with poverty is food insecurity – the lack of access to enough safe and nutritious food. We believe that by alleviating food insecurity where it may exist, we empower our student community to focus on learning and discovery, thereby removing a significant barrier to persistence.

Goals

The goals of Benny’s Pantry are to

  1. Create a food-secure community by offering emergency assistance of nutritious food to the Idaho State community
  2. Educate the Idaho State community about issues related to poverty and hunger
  3. Cultivate a culture of service-minded leadership within the ISU student community

History

Benny’s Pantry opened in Pocatello on January 20, 2014, as an initiative of the Student Affairs Department and is the state of Idaho’s first college or university food pantry. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newest location in Idaho Falls was held on October 29, 2016. The pantry offers free, emergency food assistance directly to Idaho State University community. The pantry is staffed by Student Affairs staff members and student volunteers.

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IDAHO STATE UNIVERSITY

921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho, 83209