Carnegie Mellon University

The CMU Pantry

The CMU Pantry is committed to reducing hunger among students by providing nutritious food at no cost. We are dedicated to serving our student community with accessible food resources to promote a healthier, balanced university experience.

The CMU Pantry is a free, supplemental food resource open to all undergraduate and graduate students. Shoppers are able to visit the Pantry once a week. The Pantry provides shoppers access to fresh fruits and vegetables based on seasonal availability. Additionally, there is a consistent stock of non-perishables including staple items such as pasta, rice, peanut butter, and canned goods such as beans, meats, fruits, vegetables and soups. The Pantry also stocks toiletry and personal hygiene items.

How to Shop at the Pantry

  1. Complete the “Pantry Shopping Form. This form must be completed every time you visit the Pantry. Be sure to click the “This is my first time visiting the Pantry” option when you are completing the form for the first time.
  2. Once you have submitted the form, the submission page will direct you to the Pantry Shopping Time Calendar, where you will pick your day and time to shop. You will receive an email confirmation confirming your selected day and time. Please be punctual when you visit the Pantry; shoppers who arrive outside of their reservation time may be asked to wait for space to open up before they are permitted to shop in the Pantry. If you need to reschedule or cancel your reservation, use the links in the confirmation email to do so.
  3. Visit the Pantry during your chosen timeslot to pick up your items. The Pantry is located at the Residence on Fifth Avenue (4700 Fifth Avenue). When you enter the building, you will turn left and walk to the dining room located outside of the Pantry.

The CMU Pantry Comic Book

Not having enough nutritious food to eat is a problem many university students face on a regular basis. CMU is no exception.

In 2020, Gabi Maier, faculty member in CMU's modern languages department, and Cora Hickoff, School of Fine Arts alumna, created a CMU Pantry comic book as a fun way to educate students about the pantry.

The comic is based on 37 student interviews, conducted in the fall of 2019 by Gabi, that revealed a number of questions and concerns students had about CMU’s food pantry: What is the pantry What does it offer? Who is allowed to use it? Will I take away food from students who need it more than I do? 

The comic script is based on the interviews that Cora turned into a fully illustrated comic book.

Questions or comments about the comic? Contact Gabi Maier at or Cora Hickoff at

Directions to the Pantry

Pedestrian Directions

From the Cohon Center, travel down Morewood Avenue and turn left on Fifth Avenue. At the intersection of Neville Street and Fifth Avenue, The Residence on Fifth will be on your left. Alternately, a cut through at the back of the Tepper parking lot, which passes next to the WQED building, gets you to Fifth Avenue. Then, turn left toward the intersection of Fifth and Neville.

Bus Route Directions

Use PAT bus stops (#1175 and #1169, outbound and inbound respectively) where the 71B and 71D routes stop at the corner of Neville Street and Fifth Avenue, where the Residence on Fifth is located.

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