Dakota County Technical College offers two resources for food support on campus: The Lunch Box and the Mobile Food Pantry. Any student in need of food support can utilize the Lunch Box twice per week and the Mobile Pantry once per month.
The Student Life Center provides basic meals to help support students in need of food support. If you are aware of a student who is unable to afford food, please encourage them to visit the Student Life Center and ask about the Lunch Box. Students can utilize the Lunch Box twice per week and pick three items each visit. Visits are confidential. Meal items may include the following:
Macaroni and cheese
Raman Noodle cups
If you would like to contribute to the Lunch Box, we welcome donations of non- perishable, single-serve meal items and plastic forks and spoons.
Dakota County Technical College has partnered with the Open Door, formerly the Eagan & Lakeville Resource Center, to bring the Mobile Pantry to campus. The Mobile Pantry is free for any DCTC student in need of food support. It has no income requirements or residency restrictions. Students become eligible upon completing an intake done by trained DCTC staff. After competing an intake, monthly appointments must be arranged in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, students can visit the Center for Student Success, Enrollment Services or see an academic advisor. At each visit, students will receive an average of 2 ½ weeks' worth of food which is 70% perishable and wholesome, including the following:
Milk and other dairy products
To receive food support through the Mobile Pantry complete the following steps:
Step 1: Complete an intake with one of the following staff members:
Step 2: Schedule an appointment with the Mobile Pantry by emailing email@example.com. Please include in the email who you completed an intake with, and the day and time you would like to make an appointment. The Mobile Pantry will be on the Rosemount campus every other Thursday from 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. at the northeast entrance by the Card Lot.
Step 3: When you arrive for your appointment with the Mobile Pantry, check in inside the bus.