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Kodiak cave: emergency food resource

The Kodiak Cave is the food resource center located at LB2-006 on the Cascadia College campus that 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.

Blog

Learn more about healthy eating, meal prep and get some great "how to" videos on our Kodiak Cave blog! New content is added weekly, so check back often.


Hours

Curbside Pickup

Delivery

Tuesday & Wednesday

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Thursday

Email kijones@cascadia.edu to inquire about an appointment for a different time.


How it Works

First Visit

The Kodiak Cave is open to all currently enrolled Cascadia College students. In order to use the Cave guests will be asked to provide:

  • Photo ID
  • Student ID Number
  • Copy of their current quarter class schedule (The name on the quarterly class schedule and the ID must match.)
  • 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.

Curbside Pickup

Curbside pickup is a more accessible opportunity for students to use the food services at the Kodiak Cave. Cascadia students can shop online and arrange to pick up items at a designated time. This allows students to coordinate with bus schedules or arrange a ride and not have to carry the groceries with them all day.

In Summer Quarter, please fill out the form by 11.59pm on SUNDAY or your order may be pushed to the next available week. Follow the steps below:

  1. Fill out an intake form before your first pickup
  2. Pick your items
  3. Bring a photo ID and current quarter class schedule to pickup

Questions? Email Kim Jones, Kodiak Cave Program Coordinator, at kijones@cascadia.edu

Delivery

In Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarter, deliveries are every Thursday and can only be made within 10 miles of campus. Please submit your order by Noon on Tuesday. Orders after that will be considered for the next delivery week.

In Summer quarter, please fill out the form by 11.59pm on SUNDAY or your order may be pushed to the next available week. Deliveries can only be made within 10 miles of campus however you can petition this if it is within 1-2 miles.

Follow the steps below:

  1. Fill out an intake form before your first delivery
  2. Pick your items
  3. Be present and have ID ready to receive delivery

Questions? Email Kim Jones, Kodiak Cave Program Coordinator, at kijones@cascadia.edu

Number of Trips

Students will be allowed one full shopping trip 3 times per quarter.

You will only be able to go shopping ONCE in summer quarter. HOWEVER you will be receiving the equivalent of 3 shopping trips' worth of food. The bags of food will be premade bags with our usual Kodiak Cave items.

Types of Food

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, Chicken, Turkey and Fish on a rotating basis)
  • Breakfast Items
  • Canned Meats and Proteins
  • Soups and Chili's
  • Frozen Fruits and Vegetables (fresh when available)
  • Beans, Rice, Instant Potatoes
  • Dairy/Dairy Alternatives
  • Kitchen Essentials (flour, oil, spices, broth, etc.)

Additionally, we do our best to offer vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options.


FAQs

Is the Kodiak Cave free to use for Cascadia Students?

Yes!

What do I need to access services in 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.

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 three times per quarter. Throughout the month the student may utilize the supplemental visit program. 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 please see the Community Resources pamphlet for more food resources.

Do we offer food for students with dietary restrictions?

Yes. We do our best to accommodate a wide range of dietary needs. For more information and to find out what is currently available, ask the Kodiak Cave staff.

Where can I go to get a meal when the Kodiak Cave is closed?

There are several community groups that offer free meals. Due to Covid restrictions, we encourage you to do your own internet search to determine what is still available in your area.

Does Kodiak Cave serve perishables?

The Kodiak Cave stocks perishable items such as meat and diary products. We cannot guarantee any items to be in stock during your visit. Items will be served on a first come, first serve basis. Please check back by weekly to see what we currently have in stock.


Need Help Now?

Community Resources Pamphlet

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
  • Healthcare
  • 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

Hopelink

Hopelink has a mobile market that will still be stopping on campus twice per month as well as stops in other local areas. See the schedule and get more information at Hopelink's website.


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 there are several ways for you to get involved:

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. Due to remote work, please email Kim Jones at kijones@cascadia.edu to arrange donation drop off.

Our Most Needed Items:

  • Hygiene products (ex: toothpaste, shampoo & conditioner, deodorant, etc..)
  • Dairy alternatives (soy, almond, etc.)
  • Cereal (dry)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jam/Jelly
  • Ready to eat meals
  • Gluten Free/Vegan/Vegetarian items

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 Kodiak 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.

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