Cardinal Kitchen

“Student Helping Students” 

Cardinal Kitchen is an on-campus food pantry that services Ball State students and their families. Cardinal Kitchen was created through a Student Government Association (SGA) initiative in the fall of 2014. Cardinal Kitchen is a student-run organization. 

Our mission is to reduce food insecurity and promote healthy eating on Ball State’s campus. During the Fall 2022, Cardinal Kitchen returned to its pre-COVID attendance, seeing anywhere from 80-95 students visit the pantry during each opening. 

Cardinal Kitchen has been combating food insecurity for students for nine years, and we recently moved locations to the Student Center. Our services are available to all undergraduate and graduate students, as well as their families. 

In addition to non-perishable food items, Cardinal Kitchen also offers toiletry items, including, but not limited to: toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, and toothpaste.  Cardinal Kitchen also offers fresh items to our students, including a fresh loaf of bread, fresh fruit, and fresh vegetables during each opening. 

Funds that are donated to Cardinal Kitchen may go to the following items or initiatives but are not limited to: purchase of food items, purchase of toiletry items, and equipment needed to run the kitchen.

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