College plans Feed-A-Boiler food drive to combat hunger at Purdue

The College of Engineering will hold its Feed-A-Boiler food drive – accepting both monetary and in-kind donations -- Oct. 12-23rd. Donations through the Purdue Giving site will benefit the ACE Campus Food Pantry.

The pantry provides free food and household items to Purdue students, staff and faculty, and since COVID-19, usage of this facility has nearly doubled. Pantry visits from College of Engineering clients are higher than many of the other academic units on campus. The chart below illustrates the significant increase in traffic at the facility:

  • 2017-18: 415 visits
  • 2018-19: 1,300 visits
  • 2019-20: 2,500 visits
  • 2020-21: On pace to surpass last year’s total visits.

The most needed items include: cooking oils, detergent, body wash, shampoo, personal hygiene items, dish soap, spices, baking supplies (flour, sugar, vanilla extract), dry rice, dry beans, pancake mix, fruit juices, canned pineapple and canned chicken.

Because of COVID-19 and in an effort to provide convenience for donors, online monetary donations are being accepted. (Select ACE Food Pantry). In-kind donations may be dropped off in front of ARMS by the white tent between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Oct. 16 and Oct. 23.

If donating online, please scroll to the bottom of the page, click the “additional comments/special instructions” box, and list your school, program unit, and/or student organization. The school, program unit, and student organization with the most donations will be recognized.

Food insecurity impacts one’s physical, mental and emotional well-being. This issue has the potential to harm college students’ ability to achieve educational and professional goals. Students who don’t eat well normally don’t perform well in their classes.

Feed-A-Boiler is a collaboration between the College, Purdue Engineering President’s Council (PEPC), and Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC).

The ACE Campus Food Pantry was established in 2015. Located on the bottom floor of the Baptist Student Foundation, 200 N. Russell St., the facility serves members of the Purdue community experiencing a lack of resources for proper nourishment. All students, faculty and staff with a Purdue ID are welcome to take advantage of this service. The pantry is open from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays.

The pantry is entirely student-run. Available items are worth a certain amount of points. Individual shoppers may take 15 points worth of items. Those shopping for a family receive 20 points worth of items. Some staples, such as a loaf of bread, don't apply to the point system and are completely free to take.  The pantry operates solely on donations.

Donate via Purdue Giving by selecting "ACE Food Pantry".