Campus Food Pantry Grant

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With a mission to help meet student needs for food assistance, TDEC’s Higher Education Sustainability Initiative offered a mini grant opportunity for higher education institutions. The purpose of the funding is to combat both student food insecurity and food waste by assisting schools with establishing food pantries. To be eligible for the grant, each applicant had to demonstrate an on-campus need for a pantry as well as how the food pantry will divert food from the waste stream by offering food from rescued food sources.


The awardees of the 2021 Campus Food Pantry Grant are two Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) institutions, TCAT Elizabethton and TCAT Jacksboro. Both institutions are working towards making their campus food pantries available to their students this Fall.


We anticipate a second grant cycle to be offered in August of 2022. Visit this page for future announcements and to apply. If you represent one of Tennessee’s higher education institutions and have an interest in a campus food pantry, we would love to hear from you by taking a few minutes to completing this questionnaire. The purpose of the questionnaire is to learn about you school’s campus food pantry needs to determine how the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation can best support you. You may also email tdec.tnhesi@tn.gov if you have any additional questions.


This Page Last Updated: September 22, 2021 at 9:31 AM