NCC Thunder Cupboard Feeding Student Success

Food insecurity is becoming a very real problem for college students throughout the United States. In fact, the College & University Food Bank Alliance estimates that in the United States, 30% of college students are food insecure, and one in five college students are considered “hungry.” Food is as essential to learning as pencils or textbooks. NCC is making strides to ensure that students who are food insecure have resources to help them while pursuing their education.

The Thunder Cupboard is an initiative brought forth by a group of employees who could see the importance of providing assistance to food insecure students. The concept is simple. Students in need can receive a bag of groceries consisting of six items: a box of cereal, a jar of peanut butter, a jar of jelly, a jar of pasta sauce, a box of noodles, and a tube of toothpaste or a bar of soap. Also, within the bag is a flyer that lists many community resources, such as nearby food pantries or housing assistance programs. A $10 grocery gift card to get a loaf of bread, a pound of meat or a gallon of milk is also potentially added in the bag in extreme circumstances. Other food has been generously donated by employees of the college to supplement the bags as available. The hope is the bag of groceries will help the student get through a few days, until he or she is able to access other community resources for assistance.

To be mindful of confidentiality, the Thunder Cupboard is open by appointment only.
A student can request assistance by texting or e-mailing the Thunder Cupboard. Once a student requests assistance, someone from the NCC Thunder Cupboard team will discreetly connect with the student to find a time to provide the bag of groceries to the student.

The Sheldon Hy-Vee has partnered with NCC to provide the food items to the needy students. Initiatives like this may seem small, but a kind gesture can be immensely powerful to the recipient, especially if the student is also supporting a family. Students should never have to choose between eating and receiving an education, and NCC is proud to partner with Hy-Vee to help all our students on their academic pursuits!

If you are an NCC student and would like to request assistance, please email the Thunder Cupboard at: or go to

If you are interested in donating to the Thunder Cupboard, please contact Kristi Landis at 712-324-5061, ext. 164 to discuss the various opportunities.
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