Kodiak cave: Cascadia's On-Campus food resource Center
The Kodiak Cave is the food resource center on campus that directly serves the student body of Cascadia College. The Kodiak Cave’s mission is to end hunger on our campus by providing nourishing meals, education, and resources to our Cascadia community. It currently operates a "choice pantry", meaning students will be able to pick their food from a wide-variety of cross-cultural items that best meets their needs. This gives guests dignity, reduces food waste, and creates a comfortable environment where students can choose items that they are familiar with. The Kodiak Cave is available for walk-ins, as well as scheduled curbside pick-ups. We also offer virtual cooking classes, meal kits, and a myriad of recipes to help educate students on nutrition, gaining introductory kitchen skills, and saving money.
Blog and Social Media
Learn more about healthy eating, food systems, and get some great recipes and "how to" videos on our Kodiak Cave blog! New content is added weekly throughout the school year, so check back often and subscribe to get notifications when we post.
To get updates about all things Kodiak Cave all year, follow us on Instagram! We post about all the need-to-know Cave info, events we're hosting, national food holidays, and so much more. Follow us and stay tuned for what we're up to and how you can utilize all the Cave's features.
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Email email@example.com to inquire about an appointment.
How to Use the Food Pantry
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
- PantrySOFT Registration - All students who wish to use the Kodiak Cave services should create a PantrySOFT
account using their Cascadia College credentials.
- All information provided by the student upon registration form will be kept confidential and will only be used by Kodiak Cave staff for assessment purposes.
After a student's initial visit and completion of the quarterly registration, they will only need to provide a photo ID for the remainder of the quarter. Each new quarter, all students shopping in the Kodiak Cave must log into their PantrySOFT account and update their registration submission.
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.
Beginning Fall Quarter 2023, the Kodiak Cave is launching PantrySOFT for all shoppers to utilize. This new program will help the Kodiak Cave better serve students by tracking popularity of items, ensuring proper stock levels at all times, and creating a single location for all Kodiak Cave shopping information. To start shopping online at the Kodiak Cave:
- Login to PantrySOFT using your Cascadia College credentials.
- Complete the required registration questions (this is only required once per quarter).
- Select the Food Pantry - Kodiak Cave location and the Curbside Pickup visit type.
- Select the date and time you would like to pick up your groceries.
- Choose your items in the online store. Once completed, click your cart at the top or bottom of the screen.
- Select Checkout Now.
- Bring a photo ID to pick up your groceries during your scheduled appointment.
Questions? Email the Kodiak Cave at firstname.lastname@example.org
Number of Trips
Students will be allowed one full shopping trip 4 times per quarter in Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters.
Students enrolled in summer quarter are eligible for 2 trips during the quarter. Summer trips are available by appointment only.
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
- Frozen Protein (Beef, Chicken, and vegan protein)
- Breakfast Items
- Canned Meats and Proteins
- Soups and Instant Sides
- Frozen Fruits and Vegetables
- Rice and Rice Noodles
- Dairy and Dairy Alternatives
- Kitchen Essentials (flour, oil, sauces, sugar, etc.)
We do our best to offer vegan, vegetarian, halal, and gluten-free options.
Is the Kodiak Cave free to use for Cascadia Students?
Yes! The services provided by the Kodiak Cave are paid for with Cascadia students' tuition and feeds, so all currently enrolled students are able to utilize these resources.
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 at the Health and Wellness Resource Center in ARC-120.
How often can a student receive food from our pantry for themselves?
A student may receive a full “Shopping Trip” worth of food up to four times per quarter. At this time, the Kodiak Cave cannot accommodate any family members, friends, or roommates that are not current Cascadia students. Family and friends that are not eligible for these services are encouraged to utilize community resources throughout Bothell and King and Snohomish County.
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, please reach out to the Kodiak Cave at KodiakCave@cascadia.edu.
Does Kodiak Cave serve perishables?
The Kodiak Cave stocks perishable items such as meat and dairy products. We cannot guarantee any items to be in stock during your visit. Items will be served on a first come, first serve basis.
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. The Community Resource pamphlet includes areas like:
- 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
Hopelink is a King County organization that runs a mobile market/food pantry. The Hopelink Mobile Market truck stops on campus twice per month as well as other local areas. See the schedule and get more information at Hopelink's website.
The United Way Benefits Hub
The United Way Benefits Hub partners with our campus to provide students with resource connections and financial coaching. Meet with one of their staff to learn more about what resources are available to you and learn more on their website.
While we receive the majority of our funding from Cascadia student fees, we also rely on both monetary and in-kind (product) donations from the community to remain open for students and as stocked as possible. If you wish to support the Kodiak Cave there are several ways for you to get involved:
Food donations are accepted throughout the year. We welcome donations of non-perishable, unopened, and unexpired foods. Please email the Kodiak Cave at email@example.com to arrange a donation drop off time.
Our Most Needed Items:
- Hygiene Products (ex: toothpaste, shampoo & conditioner, deodorant, etc..)
- Shelf Stable Dairy Alternatives
- Cereal (dry)
- Peanut Butter
- Instant Meals (Pasta Roni, Rice A Roni, Ramen, etc.)
Financial contributions to the Cave may be made through the Cascadia College Foundation, a registered 501c3 non-profit organization. Visit our online 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