What we eat influences our productivity and the way we feel throughout the day. Consuming a balanced diet can provide the energy needed to lead a purposeful and happy life. A healthy diet also helps prevent the development of numerous chronic diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, osteoporosis, dental disease, and some cancers.

Dietary needs are different for everyone, and that’s why Kent State offers a variety of services to help you optimize your nutrition on or off campus. Whether you are seeking a safe, comfortable place to breast feed, nutrition counseling, or vegetarian/vegan dining options, you can find all of that and more right here. 

Be Well Solutions-Employee Wellness
Campus Kitchen Pantry (CKP)
Center for Nutrition Outreach-EHHS
Farmers' Market
kent state farmers market logo
Kent State University has partnered with Haymaker Farmers' Market to bring a farmer's market to the Kent campus.  The Kent State Farmers' Market provides students with opportunities to learn about the local farming community, select fresh produce and connect with the broader Kent community in addition to creating a community around food with a warm, friendly and fun environment. The market will include selling crafts (photography, prints, glass, fiber) and educational workshops related to food as well as performances (music, dance, theater).  

The Kent State Farmers' Market is a perfect example of programming that exposes the university community to nutritious local foods, products, farms and agriculture. The collaborative project aligns perfectly with the mission of the Kent State of Well-being and highlights the new eight dimensions of well-being framework promoted on our campus.

Dates, Times and Locations (rain or shine)

  • Tuesday. Aug. 23, 2022 from 4 - 7 p.m. on the University Esplanade by the Architecture Building
  • Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022 from 4 - 7  p.m. on the KSC Student Green
  • Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022 from 4 - 7 p.m. on the KSC Student Green
  • Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022 from 4 - 7 p.m. in the DI Hub
  • Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023 from 4 - 7 p.m. in the DI Hub
  • Tuesday, Mar. 21, 2023 from 4 - 7 p.m. in the DI Hub
  • Tuesday, Apr. 25, 2023 from 4 - 7 p.m. on the KSC Student Green
  • Tuesday, June 27, 2023 from 4 - 7 p.m. on the KSC Student Green

Vendor Information

Vendors will be current participants in the Haymaker Farmers’ Market weekly Saturday market and may include food vendors (fresh produce, meats, baked goods, honey, maple, prepared foods, etc), plant vendors (flowers, live plants), and artist vendors.

If you are interested in being a vendor at the market, please contact Andrew Rome with Haymaker Farmers' Market at haymakermarket@gmail.com

Vendor List (as of 6/28/22)

  • Barton Farm & Gardens
  • Bigfoot Mushrooms
  • Brockett Family Farm
  • Busy B Bakery
  • Goodell Family Farm
  • Haffs Hot Sauce
  • Kline Honey Bee Farm
  • KSU Art Glass
  • Mamalagels Bagels
  • Next Generation Farm
  • Seasoned Foodie Professional
  • Shady Grove
  • Smyrna Mediterranean Morsels
  • Unabandoned Herbals

Campus Partners

  • Recreation & Wellness Services
  • The Office of Sustainability
  • CARES Center
  • Culinary Services/ Hospitality Management / Chefology
  • Employee Wellness

Payment Options

Haymaker will centrally locate vendor payments on-site at each event through the use of a token or voucher system including FlashCash, credit/debit cards, SNAP food assistance benefits, Produce Perks food assistance, P-EBT, and WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Any remaining tokens can be used at the Haymaker Farmers' Market held in downtown Kent on Franklin Ave. from April through November from 9 a.m. -1 p.m., rain or shine.


Parking for vendors and participants is available in the Student Center lot and the C Campus Center lot. 


Public restrooms are available inside the KIVA.

Smoke-Free, Tobacco-Free Policy

Kent State University has a smoke-free, tobacco-free policy on any property owned, operated or leased by the university to include all outside areas and personal vehicles parked on university property.  The policy applies to all members of the university community including:

  • Students
  • Employees
  • Volunteers
  • Vendors, contractors and others doing business on Kent State property
  • Visitors to any Kent State campus or location
  • Customers on all Kent State property
Food 4 Thought Cafe-EHHS
Impact Solutions Employee Assistance and Work Life Program-Employee Wellness
Lactation Rooms
Food Assistance Resources

The resources on this page are for individuals and families seeking food assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is not an all-inclusive list and there may be additional resources within your community. Please check with your local community social service office.

Food Pantries and Resources for all Kent State University campuses 

Additional resources for Kent State at Ashtabula 

Akron Canton Regional Food Bank - serving Carroll, Holmes, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas and Wayne Counties

FoodFinder    FoodFinder - locate food pantries in your area

Flash's Food Pantry


We understand that you need a helping hand during hard times. Flash’s Food Pantry is open to any Kent State University at Stark student, faculty or staff member.

Brown paper bags are available to transport items. Please provide your Kent State FLASHcard.


Campus Center
Lower Level

Fall 2022 Hours

Monday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Thursday: by appointment
Friday: by appointment

Schedule an appointment with either:

Find helpful resources for food and other community support, as well as access to the Kent State Emergency Grant application.


Flash's Food Pantry receives fresh produce from Flash's Food Garden at Kent State Stark.


Flash’s Food Pantry relies on the generosity of its supporters to help fight hunger on campus. Monetary donations and non-perishable food can be donated at the pantry. Flash’s Food Pantry works with Interfaith Campus Ministry and the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank to directly purchase food at a discounted rate. This helps to maximize dollars raised for the pantry. 

Top 10 Donation Wish List

  • Boxed cereal
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Canned meats (tuna, chicken, etc.)
  • Rice
  • Pasta and pasta sauce
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Bar and liquid soap
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Baby diapers and formula

Become a "Pillar" of the Pantry

Flash's Food Pantry needs individuals (faculty, staff and/or students) to sponsor at least one staple product offered in the Pantry (see list below). As they shop, these individuals or "Pillars" of the Pantry should pick up their sponsored item(s) and donate it/them to the Pantry. This will greatly offset ongoing costs for popular items we cannot keep on the shelves.

We need Pillars for:

  • Gallon of milk (1%, 2%, whole)
  • Toilet paper
  • Baby wipes
  • Peanut butter
  • Applesauce (1 container)
  • Pasta (1 box)
  • Pasta sauce
  • Granola bars (1 box)
  • Butter (1 container or 1 box of sticks)
  • Baby food in jars or pouches
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste

To become a Pillar of the Pantry, contact:

Ashley Brightbill
Assistant Director, Student Activities & Services
133B Main Hall (Center Core)

University Health Services
WW through Medical Mutual
Women's Center Pantry