St. Kate’s Food Shelf

Addressing Food Insecurity, Nutrition, and Personal Wellness Needs

The St. Kate's food shelf is a collaborative project between St. Kate’s and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet serving the St. Kate’s community without distinction. Our food system prioritizes health equity, cultural inclusivity, environmental sustainability, care, and compassion. 

We serve St. Kate’s community members collaboratively through partnerships with the community gardens, educational departments, and other community organizations. Faculty and staff members who make the food shelf function do so on a volunteer basis, guided by student workers. 

To support members of the St. Kate’s community who may be facing food insecurity, the Center for Spirituality and Social Justice partners with faculty, staff, and the CSJ community from across the University to run and supply the St. Kate’s food shelf. Thanks to our community partners and the Sisters of St. Joseph for providing us with the space, donations, and support in fighting food insecurity. 

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please email

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Fresh organic produce from the CSJ community garden is donated to the food shelf.
How to Use the Food Shelf

Any St. Kate’s community member is welcome to use the food shelf, and create a bag of groceries that serves their needs. We offer fresh fruits and vegetables, breads, and an assortment of other foods that will provide a balanced diet.

The food shelf is open on the first and third Wednesday of every month from 12–6 p.m. and is located in the Carondelet Center Kitchen, on the CSJ campus across from The O'Shaughnessy.

Grocery Style Distribution During COVID-19

In an effort to promote a better shopping experience and provide more choice for food shelf users, we have moved back to a grocery-style model while still maintaining safe COVID-19 practices. Visitors to the food shelf will no longer need to pre-order food, but can visit the food shelf every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month between 12-6 p.m. Please be prepared to wait, as only a limited number of people will be allowed in the food shelf at any given time. A canopy will be provided in the event of snow or rain.

We are not offering delivery services anymore, but please reach out to Access and Success or if you experience any issues accessing food shelf resources.

When at the food shelf, please follow the protocols listed below:

  • Masks or face covering is required and social distancing must be maintained.
  • Reusable bags cannot be brought into the food shelf due to safety concerns.
  • All St. Kate’s community members must show food shelf staff the green check mark on the ‘LiveSafe’ app.
  • Hand sanitizer and gloves will be provided for each visitor.

Distribution Details for St. Mary’s Health Clinic

  • Pick up every Tuesday at Carondelet Center


Volunteer Sign Ups

At this time, we are not accepting outside volunteers in the food shelf for the safety of our food shelf users — please check back later for further opportunities. Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us!

Donor Information

If you are interested in supporting the St. Kate’s food shelf, please email us at Your donation will go directly to the fight against food insecurity in the St. Kate’s community. For every dollar donated we are able to purchase $5.00 of food and personal care items from local food banks.


Can I come to the food shelf?
All members of the St. Kate’s Community are invited to visit the food shelf and we welcome all without distinction.
Do I need to bring anything with me?
You do not need to bring anything with you. We are not able to utilize reusable bags at this time due to safety concerns.
How do I get to the food shelf?
The St. Kate's food shelf is in the Carondelet Center Kitchen, located behind the O'Shaughnessy Auditorium. Enter through the doors facing campus.
Who is eligible?
Anyone who identifies as food insecure is eligible. No other documentation is required.
What food is available at the food shelf?
Though our stock is subject to change, we typically offer non-perishables, fresh produce from the community garden and local co-ops, and personal care items.

For other food resources, visit Access and Success

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