Milligan's food pantry is located in the Student Life Office (which utilizes a online order system) and has nine additional drop in distribution sites (listed below). Students can access the pantry: Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. In addition, the Newman Center can also assist students from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm on Sundays. Currently enrolled students only, must bring valid Buffalo State ID and present their Banner ID number to access pantry.
The Buffalo State Food Pantry is named after a town restaurant, Milligan’s, in Indiana. Rev. Linda Harley-Mould, one of the founders of the Milligan’s Buffalo State Food Pantry, had reported that while her father was attending Tri State College in Indiana, he was struggling financially. He prided himself as someone who could take care of himself, so he supported himself by photography jobs and as a musician. He was playing with a band that would later be well known; The Glen Miller Orchestra. Checks did not always come on time so that he went for extended periods of time without money. Milligan’s was a restaurant that catered to the local college students. Because he did not have money to pay, the restaurant agreed to let him run up a tab. They continued to allow him to eat there until his check came in. Then, in a way that did not damage his pride, they declined to accept his payment.
Rev. Linda’s Father took opportunities during his life to help those in need without compromising their dignity, as a way to return the kindness offered him. This is the spirit in which those involved in the food pantry work to preserve.
Milligan’s Buffalo State Food Pantry founders were staff from the Buffalo State Counseling Center and the campus Critical Incident Support Team, as they recognized that some students were food insecure. Over the last 17 years, the food pantry has increased contacts over campus so that more students can be assisted.
The generosity of our campus is greatly appreciated by all those involved, especially by our students in need. If you would like to donate food items, a list of the most-needed items can be found in the next column. Donations are graciously accepted at the Student Life Office, Monday – Friday, from 9:00 am – 4:45 pm. We encourage student groups, offices, residence halls, etc. to get together and collect items to donate. Please be mindful of expiration dates as we cannot hand out expired food.
In addition, monetary donations are welcomed. Donors should forward their monetary gifts directly to Claire Collier, Donor Relations Officer, Institutional Advancement in CLEV 304. The donations will then be deposited into the Milligan’s Food Pantry Buffalo State College Foundation Account for future food and supply purchases. Checks should be made out to: Milligan's Food Pantry.
Please contact Kristen Helling, assistant director of student life, for more information.
We will keep this site updated to reflect needs. As we run low on a particular item, we will highlight them, but will gladly accept donations outside of the current "high need". We will also include which items we currently have well stocked. Please keep in mind that donations should include non-perishable items that can be easily prepared or eaten as packaged. We have also recently begun accepting small toiletry and personal care items.
Instant meals (Easy Mac, Thai Kitchen Thai Ginger Rice Noodle, Campbell's Ready Meals) - needed
Canned Fruit- needed
Macaroni & Cheese - needed
Canned Vegetables- well stocked
Pasta - needed
Spaghetti sauce - needed
Ravioli and Canned Pasta- needed
Granola Bars- needed
Canned/Boxed/Bottled Juices- needed
Canned Tuna- needed
Canned Chicken - needed
Pop tarts- needed
Canned or Dried Beans-well stocked
Fruit Cups- needed
Soups- well stocked
Canned Meats- needed
Snack Packs/Pouches- needed
Rice- well stocked
Shelf-stable milk- needed
Peanut Butter- well stocked
Jelly - needed
Pudding Cups- needed
Deodorant - well stocked
Body Soap - well stocked
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