Campus Harvest Food Pantry

Durham Tech now offers bags of groceries, frozen family meals, and feminine hygiene products to currently enrolled Durham Tech students for pick up on Wednesdays. After completing the  Durham Tech Food Assistance Request form, the food pantry staff will contact you to provide the pick-up address and your scheduled time.

More than 500 students benefit from the Campus Harvest Food Pantry at Durham Tech every year, which provides nearly 30,000 pounds of food to students in need.

In 2017, the Wisconsin HOPE Lab surveyed 33,000 students at 70 community colleges in 24 U.S. States and they found the following:

  • 66% of students are food insecure
  • 50% of students are housing insecure
  • 14% of students are homeless

In November 2017, the Campus Harvest Food Pantry published a cookbook with easy-to-prepare, healthy recipes that use ingredients most commonly donated to the pantry for students facing food insecurities.

What You Need to Know

  • The pantry is open to anyone with a valid Durham Tech ID.

  • Clients must show an ID and complete a short form at each visit.

  • Clients may visit the pantry once per week to receive a bag of food. Snacks are available on a daily basis from noon – 1 p.m.

  • Hours of operation and food distribution are contingent upon availability of supplies.

  • The pantry is located in the Phillips Building (Building 3), room 3-110C.

Pantry Hours

Monday, noon - 1 p.m. Snacks only.
Tuesday, noon - 1 p.m. Snacks only.
Wednesday, noon - 2 p.m. Snacks and groceries available.
Thursday, noon - 2 p.m. Snacks and groceries available.
Fridays and College Holidays - Closed

Bags with snacks and essential food items are also available at the Orange County Campus. Inquire at the front desk.

Free Cooking Demonstrations or Recipe Tasting

Join us in the Campus Harvest Food Pantry for free cooking demonstrations with registered dietitians from the Food Bank of Central Eastern NC.

Topics include:

  • Preparing healthy food for your children

  • Eating healthy on a budget

  • General nutrition information

  • Creating simple, balanced meals using food pantry staples

Sessions include free samples of the featured recipe. Participants will be entered into a raffle for prizes each session. Prizes include cookbooks, gift cards, kitchen utensils, and cookware. Register in-person in Phillips, room 3-110C or email

Recipe Tasting:

  • January 29, Noon- 1 p.m., Food Pantry
  • March 25, Noon- 1 p.m., Food Pantry

Cooking Demonstration:

  • February 12, 10:45-11:45 a.m., Food Pantry
  • April 9, 10:45-11:45 a.m., Wynn (Building 10), room 10-114


We appreciate donations of non-perishable food items, fresh produce, bread, and hygiene items. They can be dropped off at the pantry in the Phillips Building (Building 3), room 3-110C. Please be sure items are in good condition and have not expired.

Monetary donations through the Durham Tech Foundation are also accepted and much appreciated. You may make a donation online or mail a check. Be sure to specify that you want the donation to be used by the Campus Harvest Food Pantry.

Most Needed Items:

  • Proteins: Canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon, and Vienna sausages), peanut butter
  • Breakfast Items: Cereal, Pop-Tarts, oatmeal, grits, shelf-stable milk
  • Canned Fruit: All kinds including fruit cocktail
  • Rice: All types of rice in any size bag, including 20 lb or 50 lb
  • Soup: Hearty soups (Progresso, chili), soups with pop-top lids, microwaveable soup
  • Pasta: Boxes of mac-n-cheese & all varieties of boxed and bagged pasta
  • Sauces: Spaghetti sauce, marinara, fettuccini, vegetable, etc.
  • Beans: Canned

Volunteers are needed to process donations and stock shelves every Tuesday afternoon, 3–4:30 p.m. Volunteers should sign up in advance. If you have questions about food pantry services or if you are interested in volunteering contact