University Sustainability

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Mountaineer Food Hub & Free Store

Appalachian State University’s Mountaineer Food Hub and Free Store is available to students, staff and faculty. The Food Hub serves as a means to address food insecurity and provides staple foods, fresh produce, bread, breakfast items and personal care products.

The Free Store is a means to conserve resources and provides interview clothing, winter gear, school supplies, household items and various other goods.

Location: East Hall, Ground Floor

Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday

Want to be a volunter? Learn more about volunteering with the Office of Sustainability.

Campus Food Pantry Network

We have worked collaboratively to develop a campus food pantry network that continues to meet the needs of our campus community.

Pantry Locations:

  • Appalachian Hall - Honors College (First Floor Lobby)
  • Belk Library (Room 222)
  • Broyhill Music Center - Hayes School of Music (Room 226)
  • Chapell Wilson - Sociology Main Office (Room 209)
  • DD Dougherty - Student Success (Room 214)
  • East Hall Basement - Mountaineer Food Hub and Free Store
  • Garwood Hall (Room 214A)
  • I.G. Greer - AsUR Office (Room 238)
  • Leon Levine Hall of Health Sciences - Everyone Eats Food Pantry (Room 542G)
  • John E Thomas - Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies- (Cabinet in hallway outside of room 232)
  • Miles Annas Building - Counseling Center
  • Miles Annas Building - MS Shook Student Health Services
  • Miles Annas Building - Wellness and Prevention Services (next to the App State Post Office)
  • Rankin Science West (Room 327)
  • Reich College of Education (James Center - Suite 105)
  • Walker Hall (Room 216)

Satellite Locations:

  • Academy at Middle Fork - Walkertown, NC
  • First Baptist Church Basement (375 W King St.); entrance is facing the College St. Parking Deck - Open Monday - Wednesday from 1:30pm - 4:30pm
  • Hickory Campus (Room 1225)

For more information, please reach out to Jennifer Maxwell, Sustainability Program Director, at or 828-262-2667.

Donation Opportunities

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App State’s Mountaineer Food Hub receives $50,000 contribution from Harris Teeter

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Food Pantry Wishlist:

Food Items:

  • Pasta
  • Sauce (marinara or alfredo)
  • Beans
  • Rice
  • Tuna
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Soup Varieties
  • Granola Bars
  • Oatmeal
  • Cereal
  • Shelf-stable Milk - soy, almond, oat
  • Easy to prepare instant meals
  • Snacks
  • Oils, spices and condiments

Personal care and feminine hygiene products:

  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Shaving items
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body Wash
  • Soap
  • Tampons
  • Pads
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Dish Soap
  • Hand Soap

Free Store Wishlist:

  • Coats
  • Hats
  • Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Socks
  • Interview Attire
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • Household Items
  • School Supplies
  • Shoes

Campus Resources

Below is a list of campus resources provided for the health and well-being of the App State campus community:

Appalachian Cares

Appalachian Cares is your source for wellness, health and safety information, resources and support for the campus community. Wellness, health and safety for all individuals is a top priority at App State. As you navigate the challenges of student life, there are many dedicated people and excellent resources to help. Appalachian Cares website

Case Management

Case Management is a department within the Office of the Dean of Students that provides individualized support to students, no matter their identity, navigating a myriad of concerns. Some of these concerns may include, but are not limited to, complex personal situations, extenuating circumstances, general welfare, interpersonal violence, health and wellness, and safety concerns that impact students academically. Case Management website

Counseling and Psychological Services

The Counseling and Psychological Services Center offers services to currently enrolled students at App State, at no charge. The scope of services includes: short-term individual counseling, group counseling, short-term couples/family counseling, workshops, educational programming, prevention programs, referral coordination and referral resources consultation. Counseling and Psychological Services website

Counseling for Faculty and Staff

Counseling for Faculty and Staff provides counseling, consultation, training and referrals for concerns that impact both the personal and professional lives of App State faculty and staff. Services available to faculty, staff and their immediate families include the following: free and confidential counseling, consultation, workshops and training seminars, and guidance for making referrals to colleagues or employees. Counseling for Faculty and Staff website

Faculty and Staff Emergency Loan Fund

The Emergency Loan Fund provides zero-interest emergency loans to App State faculty and staff experiencing a financial hardship. Faculty and Staff Emergency Loan Fund website

Wellness and Prevention Services

The Department of Wellness and Prevention Services offers educational programs on topics such as nutrition, sexual health, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, stress and sleep. The department hosts events designed to empower students about the importance of self-care and also offers a variety of individual and group services to help students maintain wellness throughout their college careers. Wellness and Prevention Services website

Local Community Resources

Watauga Food Council website

Cooking with Purpose

Cooking with Purpose (CwP) is coordinated by the Office of Sustainability in collaboration with faculty across App State — at the nexus of sustainability, budget, nutrition, waste and community. CwP empowers App State students and community with the knowledge, skills and confidence to prepare healthy, sustainable and affordable meals.

Each semester, 20 students are selected to participate in the program, with priority given to students who use App State’s campus food pantries. Five meetings are held during the semester, both in person and online, to establish community. The program’s recipes are designed to integrate inexpensive, sustainable ingredients with unique flavors and cooking methods that minimize time and energy consumption.

Cooking with Purpose article