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CWI Food and Hygiene Pantries
College of Western Idaho (CWI) has five food and hygiene pantries located throughout our campuses. The students and employees at CWI who are experiencing food insecurity are welcome to help themselves to what they need.
- The Nampa Campus Academic Building on the main floor, across from room 122 on the opposite side of the stairs
- The Nampa Campus Micron Education Center on the main floor, just outside of room 1301
- The Canyon County Center on the main floor, just outside of the Adult Education/ESL Lab, which is located in room 106
- The Ada County Mallard Building inside the Student Lounge located in room 1122
- The Ada County Pintail Building in the hallway near office number 1117
Donate to the Food and Hygiene Pantries
Needed food items:
- instant soups (ramen, mac-n-cheese or other instant meals)
- pull-top cans or pouches of tuna, chicken, other meats
- pull-top canned soups, chili, ravioli Individual-sized applesauce or fruit cups and pouches
- granola bars and similar snack items
- small jars of peanut butter
- individual size bags of jerky, crackers, trail mix, nuts, and dried fruit
- instant oatmeal
- individual-sized juices and milk boxes that do not require refrigeration
Grab-and-go lunch items and snacks are the most utilized items. Canned vegetables, pastas, sauces, and other items a person might take home to make a meal do not move as quickly through our pantries.
- plastic silverware (no knives please)
- paper bowls (no Styrofoam)
- toothpaste and toothbrushes
- shampoo and conditioner
- soap and body wash
- razors and shaving cream
- feminine hygiene products
- hairbrushes and combs
The food pantry cannot accept perishable, expired, or opened items.
Local Food Pantries
Located throughout the Treasure Valley provide free food to those in need at no cost. Use the downloadable lists below or use the Idaho Food Bank Food Locator to find a pantry close to you.
Food Assistances Programs
For food assistance through state food assistance programs:
- Free and Reduced Meals in Schools provides school-aged children with free and reduced-price meals during the school year.
- Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC) provides children under the age of 5-years-old, infants, and pregnant or nursing women with specific foods to improve nutrition.
- Food Stamps (SNAP) program provides families with money for food purchases.
- Summertime Meals for Children and Families is similar to the Free and Reduced Meals during the school year.