Tiger Cupboard

tiger cupboardWith the support of faculty and staff volunteers, the Tiger Cupboard food pantry provides short-term emergency help to those who struggle with food insecurity. Those needing our assistance receive supplemental food and other necessities that promote “healthy lifestyle choices”. Also, the Cupboard provides connections to community resources. Questions? Contact Tammy McDonough​ (423-697-4483) or  Sandy Rutter (423-697-4475).

Who Receives Food?

The food pantry is open to any currently enrolled Chattanooga State Community College student, faculty or staff employee who completes a short request form.

How to Make a Request:

Sign into your TigerWeb account and scroll down to the Resources box on the right hand side then click on the orange hamburger button. Fill out the necessary information and click on the submit button. If you are requesting a quick snack please go directly to the Tiger Cupboard located on the 2nd floor of the Student Center (S-215). If you are requesting a box to take home it can take approx. 2 hrs. to fill the request.

Pick Up Times & Location

Location: Student Center Room S-215
Times: Monday - Thursday 10am - 2pm, Friday 11am - 1pm

  • Other appointment times are available upon request, even during fall break, spring break, the summer months, and in the evenings. To set up an appointment, contact the Student Support Center in IMC 124, or call 423-697-4483.
  • Fresh Vegetables are available on a first come first serve basis. Their availablity is determined by the Campus Garden.

How to Volunteer:

The Tiger Cupboard would not work without the many faculty, staff and student volunteers that help to serve those experiencing food insecurity. In an effort to minimize any perceived stigma for the users of the pantry, we prefer to not have student volunteers for face to face daily operations of the pantry. However, we have many opportunities for students to volunteer, such as food collection days, sort and organize, etc. in the afternoons following the daily operating hours. Faculty and staff employee volunteers will be in the Tiger Cupboard to assist any "walk-ins", as well as preparing food boxes for those who have submitted a request ahead of time during the daily operating hours. Email: Tammy McDonough if you are interested in volunteering.

If you need more help:

Donate Money

Please choose Community Market (Tiger Cupboard food pantry) from the drop-down menu:

Donate Food

The Tiger Cupboard has many donation days and campaigns throughout the year. Our biggest event is the Employee Appreciation Luncheon held every December.

You can also use Amazon Smile to purchase items for the Cupboard. Items purchased through Amazon Smile are delivered directly to the Cupboard. Additionally, Amazon will donate .5% of the purchase price to the Chattanooga State Community College Foundation. All money contributed through Amazon Smile to the ChSCC Foundation will be used towards maintaining the Tiger Cupboard.

  • How Do I Shop AmazonSmile?
    On your first visit to smile.amazon.com, you will be asked to select your charitable organization of choice, please choose Chattanooga State Community College Foundation.
  • Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations?
    Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on the product detail page.
  • Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile?
    Yes. Your shopping cart, wish list, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

About Student Hunger

A 2016 study of community college students found that 22% "cut the size of their meals or skipped meals and were hungry because they didn't have enough money for food."

"Hunger has a large impact on learning and college retention. For one, there is the obvious physical problem that an empty stomach makes it hard to learn in class. For another, it may force students to make decisions that interfere with completion. They might work longer hours at their jobs or take long breaks from their studies to earn the money needed to buy dinner, for example. These decisions make it harder for students to get to graduation day in a reasonable timeframe." (http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/01/the-hidden-hunger-on-college-campuses/424047/) A 2016 study of California State University students found 21 to 24 percent of students go hungry. (https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/07/06/csus-j06.html)

The Tiger Cupboard food pantry was created in March 2018 to address food insecurity among ChSCC students, to increase awareness of hunger and poverty issues among the ChSCC community, and to provide food, hygiene supplies, and provide poverty alleviation-related information to students in need.