Student Pantry

student pantry shelves

The on-campus free student pantry is a resource available to all students whether living on or off campus, offering a supply of essential items at no charge. The pantry is dedicated to providing a helping hand to students with the goal of promoting food security and overall well-being. Below you will find information on the location and hours, point system and products you will commonly find available.
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Locations & Hours

Nelson Student Center entrance

Arkansas City Campus:

Monday, Tuesday, and Friday: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Nelson Student Center in the Health Services Office

Sumner Campus in Wellington:

Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Short General Education Center

Point System: Welcome to the Cowley Student Pantry! This is FREE to all Cowley students, which means to you! Each month, you can spend up to 10 points in the following categories: hygiene, household, food and/or miscellaneous. These points will reset at the beginning of each month. Each pantry item has a point value assigned to it; please see picture in carousel for an example. As you can see, each item card has an amount, points and limit. For example, if you say Quantity 1, Points 2, Limit 2, you can have 1 item for 2 points and you can take 2 of these items per each visit. 

  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Toothpaste
  • Body Wash/Bar Soap
  • Feminine Products 
  • Toilet Paper
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Cleaning Products
  • Dish Soap
  • Trash Bags 
  • Snack Food Items (Popcorn, Crackers, Cookies, etc.)
  • Cereal Cups 
  • Ramen Noodles/Bowls 
  • Granola Bars 
  • Mac and Cheese Cups 
  • School Supplies 
  • Bedding (Blankets, Sheets, Pillowcases, etc.) 
  • Clothing (Shirts, Sweats, Socks, etc.) 
  • Coats 
  • Winter Clothing (Hats, Gloves, Scarfs, etc.) 
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A video showing how to find the Cowley College Student Pantry, located inside the Jungle near the Nursing Area.

Our Mission

To partner with community resources in order to provide basic necessity items to our students in a welcoming and relaxed environment. We are working to alleviate student stress by giving the opportunity to obtain food and other resources.

Our History

Although our campus had a student-run pantry previously, when funds became available through the state specifically intended for higher education use to assist with students' basic needs, Cowley College chose to perform a refresh on their current student pantry. These funds were made available in the Fall of 2022, and purchasing commenced shortly thereafter. With the ability to increase the size of the pantry, a new location was needed to be chosen. Once the Pantry Board discussed this, it was quickly decided to house the pantry in the Student Health Services area, located in the Nelson Student Center. With student assistance and input, purchasing continued through June 2023, when the final funds of the $40,000 was allocated. As Fall 2023 approached, the board began preparations for opening to students by creating a point system, organizing the products, populating an inventory count, and thinking of the next steps. Since opening, the pantry has proven to be a major success and is truly an asset to our students by assisting with basic needs. To be able to further enhance the pantry for years to come, the pantry committee continues to seek partnerships with local organizations and community members.  

Our Team

Please reach out to us if you have a request.
Director of Student Housing
Assistant Athletic Director
Director of Student Life

Mail-In Donations

If you wish to donate by check, you can mail a check to this mailing address. Checks or money orders must have "Pantry" written in the memo line on the check.

Cowley College
Attn: Business Office
125 S 2nd Street
Arkansas City, KS 67005

To donate by credit card, please use the secure online donation form below.

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