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KOdiak cave: emergency food resource

The Kodiak Cave is an emergency food resource center located at LB2-006 on the Cascadia College campus. The Kodiak Cave directly serves the student body of Cascadia College. Opened in November 2018, the mission of the Kodiak Cave is to end hunger on our campus through nourishing meals and providing education and resources to our community. We currently operate as a "choice pantry", meaning guests will be able to pick the food that best meets their needs. We believe this gives our guests dignity and reduces food waste.

Time to fill out your intake form!

Each academic year, students must complete our basic intake form to use the food resources in the Kodiak Cave.  This helps us ensure we are serving current Cascadia students and that we are providing the food and supplies you are most interested in.  You can fill out the form at any time here.

Curbside pick up & delivery available!

The Kodiak Cave will temporarily expand services to include delivery while most learning is remote. Using the current Curbside Pick Up Form, you will now have the option to choose curbside pickup or delivery.

In order to be able to access the services at the Cave, new students must fill out an intake form and provide the following at pick up OR delivery:

  • Student ID or Government Issued ID
  • A screen shot of the current quarter schedule (this can also be emailed to kijones@cascadia.edu

Fall Quarter Hours:

Beginning October 5th, Kodiak Cave will beginning offering limited curbside pick and delivery services.  In addition, Hopelink has a mobile market that will still be stopping on campus twice per month as well as stops in other local areas.  For more information check their website.   

We have a blog!

Learn more about healthy eating, meal prep and get some great "how to" videos on our Kodiak Cave blog!  New content added weekly, so check back often.


While we receive funding from Cascadia student fees, we also rely on donations from the public to remain open and stocked. If you wish to donate to the Kodiak Cave, please take a moment to look at the many ways in which we accept donations under the DONATE NOW tab, and to see what our most needed items are. 


Need Help Now?

Local Community Resources

If you need immediate assistance please take a moment to look over our Community Resources pamphlet. It features dozens of resources, along with their contact information. Areas included in the Community Resource pamphlet include: 

  • Food Assistance
  • Healthcare
  • Housing/Shelter Support
  • Mental Health Support
  • Utilities/Internet/Phone Assistance
  • Clothing Assistance
  • Child Care
  • Veteran Resources
  • DACA/Immigration Services
  • Drug/Alcohol Abuse Assistance
  • Domestic Violence Support
  • Employment Resources
How It Works


The Kodiak Cave is open to all currently enrolled Cascadia College students. In order to use the Cave guests will be asked to provide a photo ID, as well as provide their student ID number, and a copy of their current quarter class schedule. The name on the quarterly class schedule and the ID must match. 


Upon the first visit by a student during the academic year, they will be asked to fill out a brief intake form. All information provided by the student on the intake form will be kept confidential, and will only be used by Kodiak Cave staff for assessment purposes. After a student's initial visit, they will only need to provide their ID for the remainder of the quarter.  An updated class schedule will need to be verified each quarter for access to the Cave. 


Students will be allowed one full shopping trip 3 times per quarter. Supplemental visits for snack items are available more frequently.

What types of foods do we offer?

The Kodiak Cave cannot guarantee any particular food, or category of food, to be in stock on any given day. However, we do our best to keep the following foods and categories available to students:

  • Pastas and Pasta Sauces
  • Fresh Meat (Beef, Chicken, Turkey and Fish on a rotating basis)
  • Breakfast Items
  • Canned Meats and Proteins
  • Soups and Chili's
  • Frozen Fruits and Vegetables (fresh when available)
  • Beans, Rice, Instant Potatoes
  • Dairy/Dairy Alternatives
  • Kitchen Essentials (flour, oil, spices, broth, etc.)
  • Snack Items 
  • Miscellaneous

Additionally, we do our best to offer vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options.

Cooking 101

Free Cookbook!

Author, Leanne Brown, created this "gorgeous cookbook for people with limited income, particularly on a $4/day food stamps budget". The following links are FREE PDF downloadable versions of the book, available in two languages. 

English: Good and Cheap cookbook

Spanish: Bueno y Barato


Washington State University has also created a wonderful resource of affordable and delicious meals!

Our Favorite Recipe Blogs

At-Home Pantry Staples 

Have you ever wondered what items you should keep on hand at home? Items that will allow you to whip up a quick and healthy meal for you or your family? Below we have compiled a list of the best "Pantry Staples" to keep in your home for cooking with ease!


  • Flour: all-purpose, whole wheat
  • Sugar: white, brown, confectioners (powdered)
  • Rolled Oats
  • Rice: long-grain white, brown, or jasmine rice
  • Cornmeal
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Cornstarch
  • Dry Beans: black, white (cannellini, navy), kidney, garbanzo
  • Lentils
  • Pasta



  • Oils: vegetable or canola, extra virgin olive oil, toasted sesame oil, non-stick spray
  • Vinegar: apple cider, red wine, rice, balsamic
  • Soy Sauce*
  • Worcestershire Sauce*
  • Sriracha*
  • Honey
  • Mustard*: yellow, Dijon
  • Mayonnaise*
  • Hoisin Sauce*
  • Peanut Butter*

*Refrigerate after opening



  • Salt (fine sea salt and coarse kosher salt)
  • Whole Peppercorns (with grinder)
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Cumin
  • Crushed Red Pepper
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Cinnamon
  • Curry Powder
  • Chili Powder 
  • Garlic Powder
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Turmeric 



  • Milk: dairy or non-dairy
  • Eggs (large)
  • Butter
  • Plain Yogurt
  • Grated Parmesan
  • Mayonnaise, Mustard (also listed under sauces)
  • Shredded Cheese (can be kept in the freezer for long term storage)
  • Tortillas (almost anything can be made into a quesadilla for a quick meal!)



  • Spinach
  • Broccoli Florets
  • Fruit: blueberries, strawberries, peaches (or whatever your favorites are!)
  • Shelled Edamame
  • Corn Kernels



  • Tomatoes: paste, diced, sauce, crushed/puréed
  • Beans: black, kidney, white, garbanzo
  • Pumpkin Purée
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Coconut Milk
  • Soup Base: I used Better than Bouillon, chicken, beef, and vegetable. Refrigerate after opening.


* Credit: Budget Bytes

Donate Now

How to Donate

Want to donate to the Kodiak Cave, but are not sure how? There are several ways for you to get involved!



1) Food Donations 

Food donations will be accepted during operational hours. Feel free to drop by LB2-006 and leave your donations with our friendly staff. If you need to set up a time to drop off a donation outside of our standard operating hours, please contact kodiakcave@cascadia.edu to set up an appointment.

Current Operating Hours:
Due to remote work, please email Kim Jones at kijones@cascadia.edu to arrange donation drop off.



2) Monetary Donations

Contributions to the Cave may be made through the Cascadia College Foundation, a registered 501c3 non-profit organization. Visit our on line portal or mail your gift to Cascadia College Foundation, 18345 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011. Make sure you designate your gift to the Kodiak Cave. 

The Foundation provides no goods or services in exchange for your gift. Your gift may be tax deductible. A gift confirmation and receipt will be provided within 48 hours.




For those who may not have time to visit the grocery store, or come by the Cave in person, but still would like to donate we have an option for you! We have set up an Amazon Wish List! All you have to do is visit the Wish List, select the items you would like to donate, and purchase them! The items will be delivered directly to our office and will immediately become available to students. Shop here







  • Hygiene products (ex: toothpaste, shampoo & conditioner, deodorant, etc..)
  • Dairy alternatives (soy, almond, etc.)
  • Cereal (dry)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jam/Jelly
  • Ready to eat meals
  • Gluten Free/Vegan/Vegetarian items 





The Kodiak Cave is now serving perishables!


The Kodiak Cave is now stocking perishable items such as bread, meat, and diary products. Please check back by weekly to see what we currently have in stock.


We cannot guarantee any items to be in stock during your visit. Items will be served on a first come, first serve basis. 





Is the Kodiak Cave free to use for Cascadia Students?



What do I need to access services in the Kodiak Cave?

Those who use the Kodiak Cave must show a Photo ID and provide their Student ID Number, which will be used to verify current enrollment. 


Who does the Kodiak Cave serve?

The Kodiak Cave is open to, and serves, any currently enrolled Cascadia student. At this time we are unable to serve faculty or staff of Cascadia College. Additionally we are unable to serve University of Washington-Bothell students, faculty or staff, or Bothell community members. University of Washington-Bothell students are encouraged to visit the Husky Pantry.


Hours of operation - Fall 2020

Monday:  Closed

Tuesday:  10am - 3pm curbside pickup ONLY

Wednesday: CLOSED

Thursday: Deliveries ONLY

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday: Closed 

Email kijones@cascadia.edu to inquire about an appointment for a different time.


How often can a student receive food from our pantry for themselves and/or their families?

A student may receive a full “Shopping List” worth of food three times per quarter. Throughout the month the student may utilize the supplemental visit program. Should the pantry have excess product, it will place the product on a shelf outside the front door and any student is welcome to take from this, whether or not they have already used their visits for the month.


Do we offer Emergency meals?

No. But if a student is in immediate need, we will provide access to the unlimited handout options and a Community Resource Packet. 


Do we offer food for students with dietary restrictions?

Yes. We do our best to accommodate a wide range of dietary needs. For more information and to find out what is currently available, ask the Kodiak Cave staff.


Where can I go to get a meal when the Kodiak Cave is closed?

There are several community groups that offer free meals.  Due to Covid restrictions, we encourage you to do your own internet search to determine what is still available in your area.









Curbside Pickup Available!


Introducing a more accessible opportunity for students to use the food services at the Kodiak Cave! Cascadia students can shop online and arrange to pick up items at a designated time.  This allows students to coordinate with bus schedules or arrange a ride and not have to carry the groceries with them all day. 

Please NOTE: If a student has not visited the Cave before, they will need to come into the Cave to fill out an intake form, as well as show a photo ID and current student schedule prior to completing this form.

Curbside Pick Up is back for Fall!  Sign up here.

Questions? Email Kim Jones, Kodiak Cave Program Coordinator, at kijones@cascadia.edu