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The Magic Food Bus is currently operating in the inside pantry-Founders Hall, upstairs from Student Lounge.


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. The coordinator for the Magic Food Bus is Trenton Wright (twright@mxcc.edu).

Any questions, please call Trenton Wright at (860) 343-5708.

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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 and volunteers.

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 upper parking lot at the MxCC Middletown campus next to Snow Hall. In winter and summer months, the pantry is located in Founders Hall, second floor, upstairs from the Student Lounge.

The Magic Food Bus also operates at MxCC@Platt, Monday-Thursday from 4-8 pm. Grab and Go items are readily available daily. Students fill out a food request form and we process the form at our Middletown Campus and transport the food to MxCC@Platt the next day.

  • Mondays: 12 – 5 pm
  • Tuesdays: 12:15 – 3:15 pm
  • Wednesdays: 12:00 – 5 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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During the 2016-2017 academic year, we served about 362 unduplicated students from 33 communities.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, we served about 380 unduplicated students from 48 communities (41% from Middletown CT), distributing a total of 4,303 units of food!
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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, Chapman Hall, and in the library.

Suggestions for donations:

  • Juice boxes
  • Pop tarts
  • Peanut butter
  • Hamburger Helper
  • Canned soup
  • Baking mixes
  • Cereal- small boxes
  • Oatmeal
  • Pasta
  • Chef Boyaredee
  • Tomato sauce
  • Alfredo sauce
  • Rice
  • Condiments
  • Toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrushes, feminine hygiene products, deodorant, soap)

Suggestions for Thanksgiving drive:

  • Stuffing
  • Corn bread mixes
  • Canned veg
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Gravy (packets or jars)
  • Instant Mashed Potatoes
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.
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One in every seven Americans faces food insecurity.

You can help change that.

The Magic Food Bus is funded in part through grants from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County and the City of Middletown and the generosity of many other individuals.