FSU Libraries, SGA unveil permanent space for student food donation 

Haley Gentile, representing the Food for Thought Pantry, ceremoniously inaugurates the permanent food donation bin in the Strozier Library lobby by cutting the ribbon.

Florida State University Libraries, in collaboration with the Student Government Association, the Food for Thought Pantry and the FSU Sustainable Campus, unveiled a permanent food donation bin in the Strozier Library lobby Wednesday, April 10, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

The Food for Thought Pantry, which relies entirely on donations from various sources, including Second Harvest of the Big Bend, plays a crucial role in supporting students facing food insecurity. All new, unopened, non-perishable food items are accepted as donations and picked up by Sustainable Campus monthly.   

“As the number of students utilizing this resource continues to rise, it becomes imperative for the university to explore alternative and effective ways to sustain and fund this essential service,” said Gale Etschmaier, dean of University Libraries. “These bins serve as symbols of compassion, allowing neighbors to share with one another. It is not merely about giving; it is about fostering a culture of care where no one goes hungry.” 

Research indicates that addressing food insecurity directly impacts student well-being. Low food security correlates with poor mental health outcomes, and both food insecurity and psychological distress can affect academic performance. 


The Food for Thought Pantry, administered by the Department of Student Support and Transitions at FSU, provides a safe space for all enrolled students experiencing food insecurity. Students can visit the Food for Thought Pantry from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday in the University Center A, Suite 4148. It offers essential support to those in need. 

 During the 2022-2023 academic year, the Pantry witnessed significant growth. From Aug. 1, 2022, to April 30, 2023, it served 1,706 students and totaled 9,318 visits. This represents a 76 percent increase in students served and a 139 percent increase in total visits compared to the previous year. Additionally, in 2022-2023, the Pantry adopted an innovative approach, serving 429 unique students through mobile food distribution events across campus. 

Donations are accepted during Strozier’s open hours. Students are not allowed to take food directly from the bin; it is only for donations. 

For more information on how to donate to the Food for Thought pantry, visit dsst.fsu.edu/foodpantry/donations.