Catherine’s Cupboard

Catherine’s Cupboard is a FREE  food pantry on campus designed to serve Trocaire students and staff who experience food insecurity.  Catherine’s Cupboard is located in Rm. 340 on Trocaire’s Choate Avenue campus and is open to all Trocaire students and staff.  The pantry is named after Sisters of Mercy foundress Catherine McAuley and provides microwavable and non-perishable food items to students for immediate use or to take home for their families. Toiletries and personal supplies like toothbrushes, feminine hygiene items, diapers, and shampoo are also available. All are provided freely and discretely to any student or employee who needs them.  Information regarding additional community resources and/or social services is also made available through the pantry.

Food insecurity is the lack of reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable, nutritious food. National research has revealed that food insecurity is common among students at colleges and universities across the United States. In the spirit of our mission as a Catholic and Mercy institution called to address the unmet needs of our students and society alike, Catherine’s Cupboard represents one key effort by the college, among others,  to address the needs of our students and staff. A Student and/or staff ID is the ONLY requirement to access the pantry.

The aim of Catherine’s Cupboard is to put an end to food insecurity, help our students/staff attain an active and healthy lifestyle, and ultimately, to aid and support student success, the overarching goal of the College.

All questions concerning Catherine’s Cupboard can be directed to Sister Marie André Main RSM, coordinator of the Food Security Project, and overseer of Catherine’s Cupboard. She can be reached at 716-827-2514, or via email: [email protected]


Fall 2022 Hours of Operation:

Monday: 10:00am-4:00pm

Tuesday: 9:00am-4:00pm

Thursday: 10:00am-3:00pm

Friday: 11:00am-4:00pm

Students can also stop by the Wellness Center or contact us at [email protected] outside of the scheduled hours above.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, no students may come to the pantry in person. Instead, students should follow the procedure listed below.


  1. Review available food items in Catherine’s Cupboard, then complete and submit the food request form below.
  2. Contact Sister Marie Andre’ Main at 716-827-2514 with any questions and to set up a pickup time at the Choate Campus’s front door

Student Food Request Form

This is a form to be used by students requesting assistance from Catherine's Cupboard.




Donating Food!

In addition to routine food and toiletry drives on campus, donated items can be dropped off at the security desk on the Choate campus anytime.
All donations are greatly appreciated!



In the spirit of  Catherine McAuley, we pray that each student who enters Catherine’s Cupboard comes to know more deeply the love and mercy of God while receiving the necessary food to live a happy and healthy life.

In gratitude, we ask God’s blessing on all of our donors for their great generosity in helping us fill our shelves.