Anabel’s Grocery provides nutritious, affordable food for all Cornell students through a student-run grocery store and offers educational programs that create a fun, inclusive, empowering community around quality food, food choices, wellness, and positive social change.
Food insecurity at Cornell is real. The 2015 Perceptions of Undergraduate Life and Student Experiences Survey indicates that 1 in 5 students skip meals due to financial constraints. Access to fresh produce on campus is extremely limited. Collegetown primarily supplies calorie-dense foods in convenience stores such as Jason’s or 7/11, and the trek to Wegmans can take two to three hours without a car. As a result, too many students compromise their health and their studies due to the limited options available to them. Our team at Anabel’s Grocery is devoted to solving this problem.
We envision a campus where all students have access to affordable quality food and where no students have to sacrifice their studies because of hunger or lack of adequate nutrition. Under the 501(c)3 auspices of the Center for Transformative Action, Anabel’s Grocery provides healthy, affordable food for the entire Cornell student body. Additionally, a student organization called Anabel’s Programming offers cooking classes, meal kit builds, and programming events to promote healthy living and to foster a community around food.Together, Anabel’s Grocery and Anabel’s Programming provide the knowledge and resources so students can make their own nutritious and affordable meals.