Now offering meat, dairy, and bread!
The Kodiak Cave is an emergency food resource center located at LB2-006 on the Cascadia College campus. The Kodiak Cave directly serves the student body of Cascadia College. Opened in November 2018, the mission of the Kodiak Cave is to end hunger on our campus through nourishing meals and providing education and resources to our community. We currently operate as a "choice pantry", meaning guests will be able to pick the food that best meets their needs. We believe this gives our guests dignity and reduces food waste.
While we receive funding from Cascadia student fees, we also rely on donations from the public to remain open and stocked. If you wish to donate to the Kodiak Cave, please take a moment to look at the many ways in which we accept donations under the DONATE NOW tab, and to see what our most needed items are.
Local Community Resources
If you need immediate assistance please take a moment to look over our Community Resources pamphlet. It features dozens of resources, along with their contact information. Areas included in the Community Resource pamphlet include:
- Food Assistance
- Housing/Shelter Support
- Mental Health Support
- Utilities/Internet/Phone Assistance
- Clothing Assistance
- Child Care
- Veteran Resources
- DACA/Immigration Services
- Drug/Alcohol Abuse Assistance
- Domestic Violence Support
- Employment Resources
The Kodiak Cave is open to all currently enrolled Cascadia College students. In order to use the Cave guests will be asked to provide a government issued photo ID, as well as provide their student ID number, as a way to verify their quarterly class schedule. The name on the quartely class schedule and the ID must match.
Upon the first visit by a student during the academic year, they will be asked to fill out a brief intake form. All information provided by the student on the intake form will be kept confidential, and will only be used by Kodiak Cave staff for assessment purposes. After a student's initial visit, they will only need to provide their ID for the remainder of the quarter. An updated class schedule will need to be verified each quarter for access to the Cave.
Students will be allowed one full shopping trip per month. Supplemental visits for
snack items are available more frequently.
What types of foods do we offer?
The Kodiak Cave cannot guarantee any particular food, or category of food, to be in stock on any given day. However, we do our best to keep the following foods and categories available to students:
- Pastas and Pasta Sauces
- Fresh Meat (Beef and Chicken)
- Breakfast Items
- Canned Meats and Proteins
- Soups and Chili's
- Canned Fruits and Vegetables (fresh when available)
- Beans, Rice, Instant Potatoes
- Bread and Dairy
- Snack Items
Additionally, we do our best to offer vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options.
Author, Leanne Brown, created this "gorgeous cookbook for people with limited income, particularly on a $4/day food stamps budget". The following links are FREE PDF downloadable versions of the book, available in two languages.
English: Good and Cheap cookbook
Spanish: Bueno y Barato
Washington State University has also created a wonderful resource of affordable and delicious meals!
Our Favorite Recipe Blogs
- Budget Bytes
- Don't Waste the Crumbs
- Good Cheap Eats
- Workweek Lunch
- $5 Dinner Blog
- Plant Based on a Budget
- Pocket Change Gourmet
- Frugal Foodie Mama
- Utterly Scrummy Food for Families
- Tiny Budget Cooking
At-Home Pantry Staples
Have you ever wondered what items you should keep on hand at home? Items that will
allow you to whip up a quick and healthy meal for you or your family? Below we have
compiled a list of the best "Pantry Staples" to keep in your home for cooking with
- Flour: all-purpose, whole wheat
- Sugar: white, brown, confectioners (powdered)
- Rolled Oats
- Rice: long-grain white, brown, or jasmine rice
- Baking Powder
- Baking Soda
- Dry Beans: black, white (cannellini, navy), kidney, garbanzo
OILS, VINEGARS, AND SAUCES
- Oils: vegetable or canola, extra virgin olive oil, toasted sesame oil, non-stick spray
- Vinegar: apple cider, red wine, rice, balsamic
- Soy Sauce*
- Worcestershire Sauce*
- Mustard*: yellow, Dijon
- Hoisin Sauce*
- Peanut Butter*
*Refrigerate after opening
HERBS AND SPICES
- Salt (fine sea salt and coarse kosher salt)
- Whole Peppercorns (with grinder)
- Crushed Red Pepper
- Cayenne Pepper
- Smoked Paprika
- Curry Powder
- Chili Powder
- Garlic Powder
- Cocoa Powder
- Vanilla Extract
- Milk: dairy or non-dairy
- Eggs (large)
- Plain Yogurt
- Grated Parmesan
- Mayonnaise, Mustard (also listed under sauces)
- Shredded Cheese (can be kept in the freezer for long term storage)
- Tortillas (almost anything can be made into a quesadilla for a quick meal!)
- Broccoli Florets
- Fruit: blueberries, strawberries, peaches (or whatever your favorites are!)
- Shelled Edamame
- Corn Kernels
- Tomatoes: paste, diced, sauce, crushed/puréed
- Beans: black, kidney, white, garbanzo
- Pumpkin Purée
- Pasta Sauce
- Coconut Milk
- Soup Base: I used Better than Bouillon, chicken, beef, and vegetable. Refrigerate after opening.
* Credit: Budget Bytes
How to Donate
Want to donate to the Kodiak Cave, but are not sure how? There are several ways for you to get involved!
1) Food Donations
Food donations will be accepted during operational hours. Feel free to drop by LB2-006 and leave your donations with our friendly staff. If you need to set up a time to drop off a donation outside of our standard operating hours, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment.
Current Operating Hours:
Tuesday: 1:00PM - 7:00PM
Wednesday & Thursday: 10:00AM - 4:00PM
2) Monetary Donations
Contributions to the Cave may be made through the Cascadia College Foundation, a registered 501c3 non-profit organization. Visit our on line portal or mail your gift to Cascadia College Foundation, 18345 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011. Make sure you designate your gift to the Cave.
The Foundation provides no goods or services in exchange for your gift. Your gift may be tax deductible. A gift confirmation and receipt will be provided within 48 hours.
3) Blue Bag Program
Our Blue Bag Program is a great way to get involved if you are looking to donate on a regular basis! Simply come by our office, located at LB2-006, and request a blue bag. You will receive a reuseable blue bag with our "Wish List" Items attached to the handle. Every time you go to the grocery store, simply pick up a few extra items to be placed in the bag. When the bag is full, stop back by the Kodiak Cave to donate the items! We well take the items out of the bag, and immediately return the bag to you!
4) Amazon Wish List
For those who may not have time to visit the grocery store, or come by the Cave in person, but still would like to donate we have an option for you! We have set up an Amazon Wish List! All you have to do is visit the Wish List, select the items you would like to donate, and purchase them! The items will be delivered directly to our office and will immediately become available to students. Shop here
OUR MOST NEEDED ITEMS
- Hygiene products (ex: toothpaste, shampoo & conditioner, deodorant, etc..)
- Seasoning Packets (chili, taco, etc...)
- Tortillas (corn or flour)
- Canned Fruit
- Shelf stable milk
- Ready to eat meals
- Gluten Free/Vegan/Vegetarian items
Grow Your Own: A Windowsill Gardening Event
Ever wanted to have your own apartment garden? Interested in learning to regrow produce from scraps? The Kodiak Cave has your back! Participants will leave with their own starter plants and instructions on how to care for, and harvest, their new produce! Find us next to the Food Forest on Wednesday, April 24th from 2-4pm.
The Kodiak Cave is now serving parshiables!
Starting in late February the Kodiak Cave began stocking perishable items such as bread, meat, and diary products. Please check back by weekly to see what we currently have in stock.
We cannot guarantee any items to be in stock during your visit. Items will be served on a first come, first serve basis.
Spring Quarter Hours
Tuesday: 1:00PM – 7:00PM
* Closed: 4:00PM – 5:00PM
Wednesday: 10:00AM – 4:00PM
Thursday: 10:00AM – 4:00PM
Is the Kodiak Cave free to use for Cascadia Students?
What do I need to use the Kodiak Cave?
Those who use the Kodiak Cave must show a Photo ID and provide their Student ID Number, which will be used to verify current enrollment.
Who does the Kodiak Cave serve?
The Kodiak Cave is open to, and serves, any currently enrolled Cascadia student. At this time we are unable to serve faculty or staff of Cascadia College. Additionally we are unable to serve University of Washington-Bothell students, faculty or staff, or Bothell community members. University of Washington-Bothell students are encouraged to visit the Husky Pantry.
Hours of operation
Tuesday: 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM
* Closed from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM for inventory purposes
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
How often can a student receive food from our pantry for themselves and/or their families?
A student may receive a full “Shopping List” worth of food once per month. The shopping list will be determined by the student’s household size. Throughout the month the student may utilize our “unlimited section” once per week. Should the pantry have excess product, it will place the product on a shelf outside the front door and any student is welcome to take from this, whether or not they have already used their visits for the month.
Do we offer Emergency meals?
No. But if a student is in immediate need, we will provide them a Top Pot Ramen packet, a snack item, and a Community Resource Packet.
Do we offer Vegan and Vegetarian foods?
Yes. We do our best to accommodate a wide range of dietary needs. Foods that are vegan are posted on a list next to the front desk.