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The Captain’s Cupboard

The Captain’s Cupboard was founded in 2013 by the Phi Theta Kappa club, and ever since, the captain’s cupboard has been working hard to provide students in need with food, toiletries, and other essential supplies for everyday life on campus and in the dorms. When coming to the Captain’s Cupboard, students may need clarification on how it works. It doesn’t operate like a traditional food pantry where food and supplies are given at random to people in need. Instead, people can “shop” by walking around looking at what there is to offer and then personally choosing what they need to bring home. This allows students to keep their dignity and feel better about going to the captain’s cupboard. What is offered is constantly changing, however, there is almost always a broad range of non-perishable items.

Currently, the Captain’s Cupboard is open to all SMCC students. There are no income-associated requirements or a required number of individuals in a household. When getting food, students are required to leave their student ID on the sign-in list. The Captain’s Cupboard is like many other nonprofit organizations, meaning that a board of directors runs it. Each board member focuses on a different essential element within the food pantry. This means there is also the chance for leadership opportunities as student leaders are selected to be on the board of directors. Being a student leader is a great way to gain experience in the humanitarian field! Volunteering to help the Captains cupboard is an awesome way to start building a professional resume. Another great thing about volunteering is that it gives you a chance to meet some new people, and form friendships that will last a lifetime.

The Captain’s Cupboard has the potential to help many more students, but they can’t do it without our help. If you are interested in volunteering, or maybe even donating please contact them by emailing,

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