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Food Pantry

About the Pantry

The 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-long. 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. During the summer, we will be open at Mondays from 2:00-6:00pm and Thursdays from 4:00-8:00pm.

alternate hours July 4th. Email for more information

If our hours of operation do not align with your availability, or you are currently facing a food insecurity-related emergency, please email . 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 6 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?


Right now, we are only able to offer non-perishable food items. The Food Pantry currently has healthy, gluten-free, and vegan food options.

Toiletry and Hygienic Products

We also have a small selection of necessary hygienic products, such as toothbrushes and toothpaste, soap, shampoo, and conditioner. You may take up to two hygienic items per visit. These items do not count as two of your six food items.

For those in need of clothing, clothing can be found at the Greene Center’s Clothing Closet.