The Nest is a combination of the college's Birdfeeder (food pantry) and Career Closet (professional wear clothing closet). Our staff understands college is stressful enough without worrying about where your next meal is coming from or how you are going to afford interview attire - this is where The Nest comes in to ensure students can stay focused on academics.
The Nest is open Monday - Thursday from 9 am to 8 pm and Fridays from 9 am to Noon.
A valid Roadrunner ID Card is required to utilize services.
The Birdfeeder is a client-choice food pantry created to help meet the basic needs of all Roadrunners. We understand college is stressful enough without worrying about where your next meal is coming from – this is where the Birdfeeder comes in to ensure students can focus on academics.
If your cabinets are a little empty, you're skipping meals or otherwise stressed about food, the Birdfeeder has resources to help. The Birdfeeder provides supplemental support; we do not provide all the food and supplies you will need for one week. Our goal is to reduce your grocery bill and help ensure you, as a student, are receiving the nutrition needed to be successful inside the classroom.
A group of faculty and staff broke ground on a campus garden after a senior Social Work major, Aaliyah Montague-Bass, expressed the need for fresh produce to be offered in the food pantry. For the inaugural planting season there are five rows of produce including tomatoes, bell peppers, jalapenos and squash. The plan is for the garden to support the Birdfeeder. When students are in session, fresh produce will be taken to the pantry for distribution. When there is an abundance of produce or students are out of session it will be sold on campus. All profits will go back into the Birdfeeder fund to continue supporting its Operations.
In March 2018, the Dalton State Foundation agreed to sponsor the Birdfeeder. This partnership allows donors to make financial contributions to the Birdfeeder are tax deductible as allowed by law (please consult your tax advisor for details). The Birdfeeders partnership with the Dalton State Foundation allowed the pantry to become a partner agency with the Chattanooga Area Food Bank.
After the Pope Student Center was renovated, the Birdfeeder was re-located to the Student Center in October 2016 and made available to any currently enrolled Dalton State Student. During the 2016-17 academic year, the Birdfeeder moved under the direction of Student Life, and processes and procedures were updated with the goal of making the pantry more efficient, sustainable, and student-led.
As one of the first food pantries for students in the University System of Georgia, the Birdfeeder received the Chancellor's Gold Award as an innovative, effective solution and strategy for improving student success.
The Birdfeeder opened in January of 2014 as a food bank for students living on campus after several people noticed students were struggling academically due to food insecurity. Employee Sherry Breitweiser saw students needed food and began keeping small items such as cereal in her office. Janet Hayes, the administrative assistant in enrollment services, wanted to expand. She knew she could get donations but could not run the food bank. She contacted Natalie Bates, director of residence life at the time, and Jason Ramos, assistant director for residence life, to discuss options to help provide food for residential students. The result was the Birdfeeder.
5 easy steps.
The Birdfeeder is a "client choice" food pantry that allows students seeking food assistance to choose for themselves what products they receive. Students may shop the pantry one time per week (the week resets on Sunday at midnight).
- Visit the Birdfeeder during operating hours. We are located in the lower level of the Pope Student Center.
- If you are a first-time visitor, you will complete a brief intake form. From then on out, you will just need to swipe your valid Student ID. You must have your ID for each visit.
- Select up to one item from each section - unless otherwise marked. We highly recommend you maximize your visit since you can only stop in once per week. Think ahead!
- Checkout with the staff member on duty. They will track items for inventory purposes.
- Enjoy your week before repeating the process!
If you are rushing between classes and do not have time to shop for yourself, use the Rapid Pickup request form. Any online requests will be filled within 48 operating hours - you will receive an email when your item is ready for pickup.
If you are looking for delicious, healthy, and affordable meals, check out some of the online resources linked below:
- The Capital Area Food Bank in Lorton, VA has a free Healthy Recipe Database for delicious, healthy, and affordable meals. These recipes were designed using common Food Bank ingredients. These recipes are available in both English and Spanish.
- The “ Good and Cheap” or “Bueno y Barato” recipe book created by Leanne Brown helps readers eat on $4 a day. You can view the book in either English or Spanish. You can learn more on Leanne Brown’s website, here.
- Feeding America also has a database of easy healthy recipes you can check out!
Use the link below to access a guide featuring local and national contact information for community services in the northwest Georgia and Chattanooga, Tennessee areas.
Whether you do not own any professional wear, are missing some pieces, or simply need a professional opinion on your upcoming interview attire, we have got you covered. LITERALLY!
Dalton State College has a Career Closet that is full of professional wear at no cost to our students. This resource is located in the Pope Student Center and can be accessed Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Stop by the Dean of Students Office today and check out the selection.
Do you have professional wear clothes you would like to donate to the Career Closet? Great, we'll take them! Check out the donation tab for additional details.
The Nest is home to the Birdfeeder supplemental food pantry and the Career Closet. Dalton State College is focused on offering resources to our students to help them succeed in their education and career by assisting to alleviate the burden of unmet needs. The Nest is a donation-based resource for students. Without generous donors like you, we could not provide these services to our students. You can learn more about the types of donations needed by clicking on the accordion options below. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to The Nest staff.
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We accept donations Monday through Thursday between 9 am and 8 pm in The Nest.
The Nest is located in the lower level of the Pope Student Center. Questions? Contact The Nest staff.
To make a monetary donation, click "GIVE NOW" and designate your gift to the "Birdfeeder." Want to set up a recurring gift? Set up automated payments monthly or quarterly. Financial contributions to the Birdfeeder are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Please consult your tax advisor for details.
The following physical goods are currently accepted in the food pantry:
- Non-perishable food items;
- Personal hygiene products;
- Frozen Meals;
- Fresh produce for the refrigerator.
These items may be dropped off at the Nest any time Monday through Thursday between 9 am and 8 pm or donors may schedule an alternative drop-off or pick-up time by emailing email@example.com or calling 706-272-4428.
Dalton State College is focused on offering resources to our students to help them succeed in their education and career. One of those resources is our Career Closet. Ran on donations, this resource offers students, who do not own or cannot otherwise afford to purchase, PROFESSIONAL WEAR clothing at no cost them. We are always looking for donations of professional wear to fill the closet. If you or anyone in your organizations, clubs, church, family, etc. is willing to donate gently used or brand new professional wear to the Dalton State Career Closet, we will gladly take it. Any items not kept are donated to Providence Ministries in Dalton, GA.
With your help, our students will look and feel professional and ready for that big interview or business meeting/event. Thank you in advance for your donations!
Spring 2020 Hours: Monday - Thursday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM; Friday: 11 am to 1 pm
Location: Pope Student Center, Lower Level
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