The Birdfeeder is a client-choice food pantry created to help meet the basic needs of all Roadrunners. Our staff understands 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 focused on academics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Every month, the Birdfeeder issues the "Birdfeeder Bulletin" to share how we have been serving Dalton State students and how anyone can get involved! The Birdfeeder Bulletin is created by the AmeriCorps Vista and the student workers in 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.
- 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!
2018-2019 Food Pantry Info Graphic & Data
The Birdfeeder does not receive any funds from Dalton State to operate. The pantry is completely donation based. With more and more students utilizing this campus resource, we must continue to seek support from our various donors. There are many ways that you can help give back and support the pantry. Click on one of the links below to learn how you can help us meet the basic needs of a Roadrunner.
Thank you to all donors. We could not do this without your support.
To make a monetary donation, click Give Now and designate your gift to the "Birdfeeder."
Want to setup 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
These items may be dropped off at any of the designated donation collection points:
- Birdfeeder Food Pantry located in the lower level of the Pope Student Center during the pantry's operating hours (varies by semester)
- Dean of Students Office located on the second floor of the Pope Student Center during college business hours
Student, faculty or community groups and organizations can help give back to the Birdfeeder by hosting a drive (one-time or annually) dedicated to one category of items. If you decide to participate in this program contact us to get started. We'll help you coordinate, advertise and come up with a project plan. If your group would like to also participate in a group volunteer project related to this drive, we would be happy to help arrange that as well. Email us today at email@example.com.
We believe ALL members of Roadrunner Nation (students, faculty and staff) have a role and responsibility in giving back to their community. If you are interested in volunteering for the Birdfeeder, we recommend logging into your RoadrunnerServe portal and looking for our agency needs.
The Birdfeeder accepts volunteers on an as needed basis. Volunteer opportunities may include: garden work days, inventory, stocking, campus events, donor relations, fundraising or other special projects.
- Earn verified service hour for their volunteer resume
- Complete hours for course credit, if pre-approved by faculty
- Complete hours for service-oriented Fraternities/Sororities/Clubs
- Complete internships, if pre-approved by faculty
- Participate in a community of students who want to better the lives of their peers
- Eligible for letters of recommendation and references through Student Life
*Note: Those who'd like to serve at the Food Pantry must complete volunteer training before beginning their service. Once you have responded to one of our agency needs in RoadrunnerServe, one of our staff members will notify you of the next upcoming volunteer training.
Spring 2020 HOURS
The Birdfeeder will be accessible by request only until further notice. All requests must be made weekly by Monday or Wednesday at 11:59 pm. Once a request has been made, you will be able to pick up requested items from Public Safety in the Health Professions Building between the following day (Tuesday or Thursday) during business hours.
To request food, please follow these steps:
- Complete the online request form, here: https://forms.gle/ak9b9PJ3n9mVZo3GA
Please note this form is only good for one week. Should you need additional items, please complete a new form.
- DO NOT arrive at Public Safety until you have received an email stating your items are ready for pickup. All exterior doors will be locked upon arrival. When you arrive, please call Public Safety at 706-272-4461 to let you in.
NOTE: If you have questions or need additional assistance, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you tired of eating the same meals over and over again? Try out some of the recipes linked below:
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. There 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!
Share one of your favorite recipes by completing the contact form below.
The Birdfeeder is operated by a team of student staff under the direction of the Assistant Director for Leadership and Civic Engagement. Staff are trained to manage the day to day operations of the pantry.
Logistics & Social
We are here to serve you!
If we can better serve you, please contact our staff in one of the following ways:
1. Stop by the Birdfeeder located in the lower level of the Pope Student Center
2. Complete the online form below. Required fields are indicated with a * symbol.
3. Call the Dean of Students Office at 706-272-4428.
4. Email email@example.com
Someone from our staff will respond to you within 24-48 business hours. Birdfeeder hours are posted below.
Please fill out the form below. Required fields are indicated with a * symbol. Thank you.
Spring 2020 Hours: Monday - Thursday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM; Friday: Closed
Location: Pope Student Center, Lower Level
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