Our Little Food Library is based on the Little Free Library and Little Free Pantry concepts which provides the opportunity for neighbors to help neighbors. According to the Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap Study, one in seven people in Cook County will experience food insecurity this year, which is the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of food. Food insecurity can affect anyone in our Columbia community including students, children, older adults, people with disabilities, the working poor, and veterans. For more information about how students have been affected during the pandemic, see #RealCollege 2021: Basic Needs Insecurity During the Ongoing Pandemic
Who is the Little Food Library for?
It’s for anyone at Columbia who needs help with food. We will not be monitoring who takes from or who gives to the Food Library. If you have something to give, please do. If you need something, please take it.
Where is the Little Food Library located and when is it open?
The Little Food Library is two cabinets on the second floor of the library directly across from the elevators. The cabinets are accessible during regular library hours.
What is in the Little Food Library?
It is stocked with non-perishable and single-serve food items such as energy and protein bars, applesauce, pretzels, and nuts, fruit juices, etc. While the Little Food Library does not supply whole meals, our staff will provide information on helpful onsite pantry resources such as ColumbiaCares. Please see our College-wide Services page for more details.
What can be donated?
If you wish to donate food to the Little Food Library, please see the suggested donation list.
How does the Little Food Library differ from other food pantries?
The Little Food Library is small, so it cannot be relied on to help with pervasive need. The Little Food Library does not have hours, require applications, or proof of financial need. It is available to all Columbia students, staff, and faculty anytime the library is open.
If you have a question about the Little Food Library, please call us at 312-369-7900 or email us.