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Welcome to the Mav Market: Mercy’s Community Food Pantry

The Mav Market is an inclusive and confidential environment where Mercy students, faculty, and staff can get wholesome foods and personal items.

We're here to help reduce the struggle of having to balance classes and being able to feed yourself or your family in and out of school.

From our start in the Bronx in October of 2017, we have served over 33,000 meals to the Mercy Community and now have over 800 members!

Mav Mission Statement

  • Reduce food insecurity - Provide access to healthy, nutritious food to the campus and community

  • Promote a healthy lifestyle - Offer resources for our patrons to learn about nutrition, mental health and physical health

  • Engage the community - Host programs that educate and empower the patrons of the Mav Friendly Market

  • Be an inclusive space - Create a space that is confidential and inclusive of people of all identities

Student on Dobbs Ferry campus

Mav Market Resources & Guides

Check out these resources to learn more about federal benefits, food pantries near you, healthy eating, and more!

Mav Market Response to COVID-19

The Mav Market is currently operating on a pre-packaged food bag request system. If you would like to request food or snacks, you can submit a Food Request Form online (due each Thursday by 5 p.m.). Forms must be re-submitted on a weekly basis, as often as you would like to receive a bag. A Mav Market volunteer will pack your bag and label it with the last four digits of your CWID (the number of bags you receive with each order is dependent upon your family size). Your bag(s) will be available for pick-up during the following week, on your campus' bag distribution day.

Not a Mav Market Member yet? Fill out a new member intake form!

FAQs on the Mav Market

General Mav Market Questions

Q: What is the Mav Market?
A: The Mav Market is a food and resource pantry available to all students, faculty, and staff. We are a resource for you to obtain food, toiletries, recipes, and other health and wellness resources. We are community-oriented and look to serve you as best as possible to help promote academic, personal, and professional success!

Q: How does the Mav Market work?
A: The Mav Market is currently operating on a pre-packaged food bag request system. If you would like to request food or snacks, you can submit a Food Request Form online (due each Thursday by 5 p.m.). Forms must be re-submitted on a weekly basis, as often as you would like to receive a bag. A Mav Market volunteer will pack your bag and label it with the last four digits of your CWID (the number of bags you receive with each order is dependent upon your family size). Your bag(s) will be available for pick-up during the following week, on your campus' bag distribution day.

Q: What if I missed the deadline for a food request form, but I am in need?
A: If you are ever in need of food and missed a deadline please email us at mavmarket@mercy.edu.

Q: Do I need to pay for items from the Mav Market?
A: No! The Mav Market is completely free and open to all students, faculty, and staff.

Q: I'm not experiencing food insecurity or hunger, can I still pick up some snacks from the Mav Market?
A: Of course! If you are hungry throughout the day, we are here to help. A granola bar could be the difference between a B and an A, and we want to make sure you have all the tools you need to succeed.

Q: I'm graduating from Mercy, but I still need help. Can I come to the Mav Market?
A: You are allowed to return to the Mav Market for after graduating! However, please let us know so we can help you find the appropriate resources, including food pantries in your area, how to apply for SNAP/EBT and WIC, and any other needs you may have. Check out our outside resources page for resources to check out.

Q: When are bag distribution days / hours?
A: Bag distribution occurs between 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. on the following days: Dobbs Ferry - Tuesdays, Manhattan - Wednesdays, Bronx - Thursdays. If you cannot make it to campus during these distribution hours, we will work with you to schedule an alternate time for you to pick up your bag

Q: Will I still be able to receive refrigerated perishable / frozen items?
A: If you would like to receive cold or frozen items with your weekly bag, you must schedule to pick up on your campus' bag distribution day between 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. (all items quantity dependent). Please note that we will try to have cold bags on hand, but will not be able to hold any cold or frozen items for you past distribution hours.

Q: How many times can I submit the Food Request Form each month?
A: You can submit one Food Request Form per week, due by 5 p.m. each Thursday. Your bag(s) will be ready for pick up the week after your form has been submitted. You may utilize this system as frequently or infrequently as you need, as long as the Mav Market is operating.

 

Volunteering

Q: Can I volunteer with the Mav Market?
A: Yes! Fill out this form to get started!

Q: What would I do as a volunteer?
A: Volunteers perform a wide variety of tasks, including checking members in, inventory, stocking shelves, picking up donations, social media, planning fundraisers, and much more! Whatever your interests are, we have something for you to do.

Q: Can I design a project for the Mav Market for academic credit?
A: Absolutely, the Mav Market encourages students to participate in a way that is meaningful for them. We will gladly work with you and your professor to design a project that enriches your perspective and helps the Mav Market.

Donations

Q: Can I donate to the Mav Market?
A: Yes, feel free to donate items at the Mav Market locations in the Bronx (Rm 4115), Dobbs Ferry (MH 115), or Manhattan (Rm 329), or place items in our drop boxes located on all campuses. Drop boxes can be found in:

  • Dobbs Ferry
    • Main Hall Lobby
    • Hudson Hall 1st Floor Lounge
    • The Office of Student Life (Hudson Hall 118)
  • Bronx
    • Atrium
    • The Office of Student Life (Rm 2160)
  • Manhattan
    • The Office of Student Life (Rm 330)
  • Tarrytown Mailroom

You can also donate through our Amazon Wishlist or support us through our everydayhero account by making a financial contribution to the Mav Market Fund!

Q: What kind of items are you looking for?
A: We accept all non-perishable food items, toiletries, and menstrual products. We are in highest need of on-the-go meals, soups, pasta, sauce, beans, canned fruits, and snacks.

We are also in high need of kitchen supplies, such as pots & pans, can openers, utensils, and on-the-go containers.

Q: I have some perishable items or produce that I'd like to donate. Is there a way to do that?
A: Please contact Julie Cruickshank (jcruickshank@mercy.edu) to arrange a time to drop off your donation so we can get it into the fridge. We want to ensure the highest level of food safety for our members, which means ensuring all products are stored in the proper conditions.

Q: Do you accept frozen foods?
A: Yes! 

Q: I have items that are past the sell-by or use-by date. Can I still donate them?
A: Yes! Our volunteers have been trained to determine the quality of products. We sort through all donations to ensure all of our products are safe for consumption, so you can donate with confidence.

Additional Information

Locations & Hours

Dobbs Ferry
Main Hall 115
12 - 6 p.m.

Bronx
Room B180 (basement level)
12 - 6 p.m.

Manhattan
Room 329
12 - 6 p.m.

Donations

Support the Mav Market by donating to our Alumni Giving Fund,

You can also donate at any of our locations, in the Office of Student Life on all campuses, or in our drop boxes located throughout campus!

Donate with our Amazon Wishlist.

Host an event in support of the Mav Market. Download your toolkit

Mav Market Healthy Donation List

Volunteer

Complete this form to volunteer with the Mav Market