Carnegie Mellon University

Answers to common questions about the Pantry are shared below.

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The first time you come to the Pantry, you will register. There is no registration necessary before you come. All students are eligible to receive food items.
You can come and shop every two weeks.
Yes. The shopping lists at the Pantry are scaled to the number of individuals you are shopping for. We are happy to help supplement for you and your family.
Yes. You will each need to register in person separately at the Pantry. During your registration, you will be given the option to sign a waiver to allow an authorized alternate shopper to shop on your behalf. If you shop for you and your roommate, this would be logged as a visit for each of you individually.
The Pantry offers a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables based on seasonal availability. Additionally there is a consistent stock of non-perishables including staple items such as rice and pasta as well as canned goods.
The CMU Pantry tries to maintain a supply of toiletry and household items, but there is some inconsistency in what we are able to stock. If you are looking for something specific, feel free to reach out to us at to check before your visit.
No. The CMU Pantry is need-blind and all CMU students are eligible to use the Pantry.
The Pantry operates on reduced hours during summer and winter breaks. During Thanksgiving and spring breaks (and other breaks that are less than one week long), the Pantry will be closed. Be sure to talk to the Pantry Coordinator ahead of these short breaks if you need to schedule an extra appointment!
Yes. While we tried to schedule around typical course schedules, we recognize that not everyone can make it during our standard opening hours. Email the Pantry Coordinator at with times you are available.

The CMU Pantry gets food items from a few sources:

  1. Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank provides the foundation of our staple items.
  2. Food Drives supplement the diversity of items we stock.
  3. Additional purchases will be made at community grocery stores to supplement the types of food that are in demand by our diverse student body.
This resource is only offered to CMU students. We would be happy to share information on other community-based resources with you.
The USDA defines food insecurity as “a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life.” Here at CMU, we recognize that food insecurity can occur in two ways. Students may not be able to afford healthy food in an adequate amount, and they may also have difficulty getting to a store or doing so on a regular schedule.

CMU is committed to the overall well-being of our students. Specifically, we are concerned about students facing food insecurity because beyond posing obvious risks to student nutritional health, food insecurity among college students has been consistently associated with “poorer academic performance, and mental health symptoms such as depression and anxiety” (Blagg et al., 2017).