BY: Jaelyn Kelly
Being in college is already tough but keeping those tummies and pockets full can be tougher it’s important to eat right to have enough brain power for the day. There are plenty of ways you can eat affordably l here on campus!
Our very own NCCC campus has many different locations that our available for students to eat at. Tim Horton’s carries donuts for $1 and small coffees for $2 they are open Monday through Friday 7:30am to 2:00pm they are usually only ever closed at other times due to short staffed. However, if you’re looking for a part time job our campus Tim Horton’s might be the place for you just apply on our NCCC website.
The C-store (formerly C-Building Snack Shop) is located at the north end of the first floor of the Science building. It features a wide variety of coffees, beverages, cappuccino, fresh pizza, soup, snacks, and assorted sundries. The opening hours are Monday through Thursday 8:00am -2:00pm and Sundays 11:30am-2:30pm.
The Dining Commons is in building G-209 opened Monday through Friday 8:00am-7:00pm they serve breakfast sandwiches, Wraps, Subs and are known for their daily specials’ food recipes are made and executed by a trained NCFI chef. Dining Services – Niagara County Community College (suny.edu).
NCCC also offers a student meal plan, the commuter plan offers an easy-to-use card, you can add more funds to your dining plan as needed, you can use it at all NCCC locations, no cash is needed and there are discount days for meal plan students. You can also purchase an employee enrichment plan where you add Ntripp dollars NCCC ID badge that can be used at the dining commons or Tim Horton’s and receive a 10% bonus the more you spend the more you receive (ex: spend $50 receive 55Ntripp dollars if you spent $100 you would receive 110Ntripp dollars etc.).
I’ve asked our local NCCC pantry which can be contacted through student life and located on the second floor of G-blg- Room G-242. About how they conduct business, I had the pleasure of speaking with Connie Gurski who is only in her first year at student life however extremely helpful. I asked her a few questions about our campus pantry. I first asked, “how can you receive items from the pantry” Connie replied “Students can simply come by during open hours and our helpful staff will guide them. If they bring their own bags, we have bonus items for them. We are also in the process of helping students by linking them to additional resources in the community.” The NCCC pantry is accessible to all there are no special requirements”, I then went on to ask her “What are the opening hours and what kinds of foods are available ” Connie explained that ” The pantry is open Monday through Friday with hours based on student staffing ability you can check the NCCC website under student life for current hours. The campus pantry offers a wide variety of items including but not limited to bread, cereal, pasta, rice, potatoes, soup, tuna, mac-n-cheese, pasta sauce, peanut butter and jelly, oatmeal, pancake mix, beef, pork, fish, chicken, milk, juice, eggs, butter, cheese, yogurt, fresh vegetables and fruits we also supply gluten free or personal need items.” Not only can you receive items but you can also donate to drop boxes throughout the campus designated for non-perishables items can also be brought to the student life office located at G-243. Cash donations can also be made by calling 716-614-6225 via credit card checks can be made out to the College Association of NCCC and mailed to: NCCC student life-ATTN: Campus pantry,3111 Saunders settlement Rd. Sanborn, NY 14132. Connie has also expressed “We are always in need of breakfast items, Gluten Free and Vegan items, Pasta Sauce, Pasta, Quick meals like (Mac N Cheese, Spaghetti Os, Ramen noodles). All donations our greatly appreciated however the NCCC cannot accept perishable items due to food safety also please check expiration dates before dropping off”. I love the idea of the NCCC pantry and I feel it should get more attention it can go along way for those who are struggling.
Eating meals are a fundamental part of your day don’t skip out, take all the help you can or inform someone who may be in need. NCCC is a great place for education because we go the extra mile for all.