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Food Pantry

About the Pantry

several shelves of dry good food items including cereals, chips, and granola barsThe Food Pantry is a University of Rochester initiative dedicated to tackling the rising issue of student food insecurity on campus. According to the Education Advisory Board (EAB), students are food insecure when they face a lack of nutrition in their diet or are unsure where their next meal will come from. It is undeniable that students who do not have to focus on financial stress and food insecurity do better in school. We firmly believe that no one, including college students, should have to worry about where their next meal is coming from.

In the past, we have operated a pilot food program pantry through our Winter and Summer Stay programs.  We are happy to announce that we are expanding this work and are now operating a food pantry year-round. Our mission is to meet the necessary food and personal care needs of our Arts, Science & Engineering undergraduate and graduate students so that they can focus on their college experience.

We are located at Wilson Commons 105.

The Food Pantry hours can be found as part of the Wilson Commons building hours: Check the Food Pantry hours

If our hours of operation do not align with your availability, or you are currently facing a food insecurity-related emergency, please email email the Pantry Coodinator. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

How does it work?

  1. Enter the Food Pantry and give your ID to the Pantry Assistant to be swiped in.
  2. Grab a shopping basket and take up to 5 food items per visit
  3. Bring your shopping basket for the assistant to bag your items.
  4. Discuss any questions or concerns you may have at the front desk.

Who is eligible?

All undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Arts, Science, and Engineering are eligible. We are a need-blind food pantry and do not monitor nor require income information from our students.

What’s in the Pantry?

The Food Pantry currently offers non-perishable food items, and works its best to be stocked with health, gluten-free, and vegan options. We are purposefully stocked with more meal items and less snacks, as our main goal is to provide meals for students who might not otherwise have access to them.

We realize some of our items require can-openers, and not every student may have one. If you need a can-opener to use our items, please ask a Food Pantry Assistant.

We also carry a small selection of hygienic and personal care products.