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Food plays a major role in the Knox community and Knox is committed to a healthy, sustainable food system at every point from farm to fork and back to field.
Also referred to as the "high tunnels", these structures are used to extend the growing season. The Knox Farm comprises two high tunnels as well as two outdoor spaces just west and south of the tunnels. Knox Farm is an opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience in growing produce. The Farm produces food for on-campus use and for sharing with the community. For details and how to get involved, please visit the Knox Farm page.
The Knox College Food Share Pantry provides temporary supplemental food assistance for the Knox community at no cost to the user. This service is in an effort to help alleviate hunger and aims to reduce the impact of food insecurity on academic and personal success. The pantry is not intended to fulfill all of your food needs, but to provide temporary food relief.
The pantry is located in Seymour Union. Follow the staircase outside the Hard Knox Cafe and enter the lobby doors off the lower landing. The pantry is located next to the Office Supply Share room.
For health and safety reasons, the pantry must have restricted access and be lockable. You can check out a key to access the pantry in the following locations:
Knox has partnered with River Bend Foodbank, located in Davenport IA, to access affordable staple foods for the Food Share Pantry. This partnership provides access to their warehouse of food donations. We can place an order, based on what is available, and it is delivered once a month - the 3rd Wednesday of the month.
The food pantry also serves as an opportunity for each of us, to the extent that we are capable, to contribute to the well-being of the campus community. If you would like to donate to the pantry, you can drop items off at the Sustainability Cottage in the quads or at Student Development in Old Main.
Sustainability initiatives in dining services extend to Knox's residential, grab-n-go, and retail dining venues. From locally sourced produce and humanely raised meat to trayless dining, each level of the food system is examined to minimize waste.
Opportunities to get involved include:
Composting is the process of allowing organic waste, such as leaves and food scraps, to break down and decompose. To close the loop of the Knox food system, food waste is collected for composting a few different ways on campus, allowing Knox to keep organic waste out of the landfill.