The Magic Food Bus at MxCC


The Magic Food Bus is a mobile food pantry serving the students and staff at Middlesex Community College. Inspired by a similar pantry at Norwalk Community College, Professor Judith Felton headed the effort to bring something similar to the MxCC community. After purchasing a bus with grant funds, it was renovated by students at Vinal Technical High School and soon brought to the Middletown campus.

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What is the Magic Food Bus?

Officially opened on September 21, 2016, the Magic Food Bus seeks to alleviate the challenges of food insecurity faced by college students and their families. The bus provides non-perishable food items, toiletries, and other items to MxCC students and staff. The bus is operated by the students of the college.

As of December 2016, the Magic Food Bus has had 210 shoppers, and helped 724 household members.

The Magic Food Bus distributed 1,662 pounds of goods.

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Hours of Operation

The Magic Food Bus is open throughout the academic year. It is located in the lower parking lot at the MxCC Middletown campus.

  • Mondays: 12 – 5 pm
  • Tuesdays: 12:15 – 3:15 pm
  • Wednesdays: 12:15 – 7 pm
  • Thursdays: 12:15 – 3:15 pm
  • Fridays: 10 am – 2 pm

A survey of about 4,000 students across 10 community colleges nationwide found that more than half suffered from some level of food insecurity.
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As of December 2016, the Magic Food Bus has had 210 shoppers, and helped 724 household members.

The Magic Food Bus distributed 1,662 pounds of goods.

Make a Difference!

Donate


There are food bins for drop off in Snow Hall, room 508, Wheaton Hall, in the office of the Business/Marketing programs, Founders Hall, in room 104, and Chapman Hall, in the library.

What type of food is needed at this point?
  • School Supplies-new this year and timely

  • Peanut Butter

  • Jelly

  • Cereal-small boxes

  • Grab and Go Items-protein bars etc. 

  • Condiments

  • Boxed Milk

  • Toiletries-toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.

  • Raman Noodles and Noodle Bowls 

  • Canned Chef Boyardee

  • Rice

  • Microwaveable Meals

  • Knorr Pasta Sides

  • Coffee

  • Hearty Soups

  • Microwaveable Popcorn

According to Feeding America’s 2014 Hunger in America report, roughly 10% of its 46.5 million adult clients are college students.

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Of those surveyed by the emergency food services network, roughly 30.5% of students reported that they were forced to choose between food and educational expenses at some point over the last year.
One in every seven Americans faces food insecurity.

You can help change that.