Food Pantry

Knights Table

A view of the Food Pantry with various types of food on shelves.

Food insecurity can be experienced anywhere.  Food insecurity is defined as: “The limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods, including involuntarily cutting back on meals and food portions or not knowing the source of the next meal.” (Long Island Cares, 2020)

The Knights Table Pantry was established in the fall of 2018 as part of Queens College’s commitment to reduce food insecurity among its student population.  The Knights Table Food Pantry, overseen by the Office of Student Development and Leadership (OSDL) at Queens College is dedicated to the success of all our students in our CUNY system. Our mission is to assist and empower all Queens College/CUNY students by providing members of our community here at Queens College and in other CUNY schools with essential and basic needs at no cost.

Click here to watch: The Knights Table Food Pantry was spotlighted on Spectrum News NY1

Coming soon:  Knights Armory

The Knights Armory will be a professional closet that will allow students, who need, to obtain business casual and business professional attire for free. The mission of the Knights Armory is to increase student’s confidence when going for interviews and to help break down barriers so they can reach their full potential. Making students’ feel confident as they navigate through their journey as professionals.

 What the Knights Table Food Pantry Offers:

Non-Perishable Food:

  • Canned Food
  • Boxed Food
  • Snack items

  Personal hygiene products: 

  • Feminine Hygiene products
  • Condoms
  • Toiletries (while supplies are available)

Where We’re Located:

Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Queens, NY 11367

Student Union Building, Lower-Level, Room 29; Directions | Campus Map

How to Use the Pantry:

All Queens College and CUNY students can set up an appointment here and pick up their items at the Pantry in the Lower-Level of the Student Union.  We also welcome walk-ins please have your ID card readily available.  Thank you!

Summer 2024 Open Pantry Hours :

Tuesdays: 11:00AM – 4:00PM
Please note that the OSDL off and Pantry will be closed on Fridays starting June 4th – Aug 9th )

If you need assistance and if the door is closed during pantry hours, please come to the Office of Student Development and Leadership in the Student Union LL – 23, located next the Peer Counseling Office with the double glass doors for a prepackaged bag.


How Can You Help?
  • Donate items directly to the pantry. Below you can find what to donate:
    • Gift cards to local food stores, Amazon Fresh or American Express Gift Cards
    • Laundry detergent/softener and fabric sheets
    • Toiletries such as soap, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothbrushes
    • Baby formula, food and diapers
    • Reusable bags
  • Volunteer!
  • Donate during Giving Tuesday
  • Make a general donation: For designation use the drop-down arrow to indicate other and add the Knights Table Food Pantry
  • Turn the table on hunger and stop the stigma – Help spread the word. Help us make sure that everyone in our community knows about the pantry. Tell your friends and encourage those you know who may need assistance.
Harvest Fest

Harvest Fest is one of the Pantry’s traditional programs that happens the first Wednesday of every month during the school year.  This program provides students with fresh produce purchased from our community partner GrowNYC.  Students check-in, receive a bag, and are able to go down the produce line choosing what they want.  This event happens during free hours 12:30pm – 1:30pm and is a first come first served basis until all the produce is gone.

Knights Table Food Pantry Cook Book

Click here to learn some great recipes using some of the items we have in our pantry of scan the QR code below!


Special Thank You!

The Knights Table Food Pantry would like to give a special thank you to all those who have contributed to the pantry through items, monetary donations and volunteer service to stop the stigma against food insecurity.

The Knights Table Pantry recognizes that access to nutritious food is a fundamental human right. Food accessibility and affordability are essential for college students in order to thrive, maintain a healthy lifestyle, and concentrate in class. We believe that no Queens College or CUNY student should go hungry or forego a nutritious diet.  We would also like to thank our community partners for their donations outside the scope of food as statistics show if someone is experiencing food insecurity they may experience insecurity in other areas.