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Bear Necessities strives to provide food assistance for those in need within the Ivy Tech community and to refer them to community organizations for social services. It is welcome to all Ivy Tech students, faculty and staff. 

The Bear Necessities Food Pantry is on the downtown Indianapolis campus in the Illinois Fall Creek Center. In addition, every Ivy Tech location in the Central Indiana service area has a sharing shelf. Details below. 

For more resources available to you, visit the IvyCARES and the  Center for Academic Success Coaching You can also learn more at IvyTech.edu/IndyStudentResources.

The Bear Necessities Food Pantry is currently available by appointment only, offering pre-packaged CARE bags to students. For assistance or to schedule an appointment, contact indianapolis-ivycares@ivytech.edu or reach out to Gigi Brown at gbrown106@ivytech.edu or (317) 916-7539. 

Bear Necessities Food Pantry

Currently open for appointments only - contact us to schedule

Illinois Fall Creek Center
Downtown Indianapolis Campus
Second floor, room 203


  • Mondays: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: 9 - 11 a.m.
  • Thursdays: 2 - 4 p.m.


For more information or questions, contact Gigi Brown, director of IvyCARES

Sharing Shelves

Each location in the Central Indiana service area has a sharing shelf. These shelves have goods that you are welcome to whenever needed. 

Locations in the Central Indiana service area include: 

  • Avon
  • Franklin
  • Greencastle
  • Lawrence
  • Mooresville
  • Noblesville
  • Shelbyville

If you have questions about your local sharing shelf, you can contact your site director or Gigi Brown of IvyCARES at gbrown106@ivytech.edu or 317-916-7539.