The Mav Friendly Market, Mercy College's food and resource pantry, is an inclusive and confidential environment where Mercy students, faculty, and staff can get wholesome foods and personal items. We exist to reduce campus food insecurity by alleviating the struggles our students face of having to balance classes and simultaneously feeding themselves and their families. From our start in October of 2017, we have served over 33,000 meals to the Mercy Community and now have over 800 members! Our newest location, which recently opened in Manhattan, is in the most need of fresh produce.
If you would like to donate additional goods, please check out our Amazon Wishlist (Mercy College Mav Markets Gift Registry) for a list of items in need!
ProducePedia is a free resource that covers the types of fresh produce that can be delivered to food pantries. Each entry includes information on color, taste, and possible uses. People unfamiliar with the vegetable or fruit will learn how to use it, and those who are familiar with it still might learn a fun fact or two!
The Cooperative Extension sites have a wealth of information for any backyard gardener. Once you go to the site (each one if very different from the others) look for a link for “homes and gardens”, “landscape”, “consumer horticulture”, etc. to find information on improving your backyard garden. Neighboring state sites may offer information your own state’s site lacks.