The CMU Pantry
The In-Person Shopping Experience
The CMU Pantry is operating under a “shop through” model, meaning that shoppers will have the opportunity to come into the Pantry and select their own items during their visit. We hope this modality will improve the shopping experience and increase the amount of choice that shoppers have. Shoppers are asked to reserve times for their visits to prevent overcrowding.
Reserving Shopping Times at the Pantry
There are three easy steps you must take if you wish to shop at the Pantry:
- Complete the Pantry Registration Survey. This form must be completed every time you visit the Pantry. Be sure to click the “This is my first time visiting this academic year" option when you are completing this survey for the first time, then read and answer the questions carefully. (Please note that the status of this form may remain “pending” after submission, and you do not need to wait for a response in order to shop at the Pantry. Once you have submitted this form, you may proceed to step 2 in these instructions.)
- Complete the Shopping Reservation Form. This form allows you to reserve a time to visit the Pantry. Please be punctual when you visit the Pantry; shoppers who do not have a reservation or 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 are running late for your reservation, or need to cancel after making a reservation, please email to let us know.
- Visit the Pantry during your chosen timeslot to pick up your items. The Pantry is located at the Residence on Fifth (4700 Fifth Ave). When you enter the building, you will turn left and walk to the dining room located outside of the Pantry. Pantry staff will greet you and bring you into the Pantry when it is time for you to shop. We have plastic grocery bags for packaging items, but we recommend that shoppers bring a backpack or reusable shopping bags. A full Pantry order can be quite heavy, and we don’t want your plastic bags to tear open on the way home!
Donating Items to the Pantry
- Unopened non-perishable foods
- Kitchenware (cooking and eating utensils, can openers, pots and pans, rice cookers, hot water kettles, etc). **Please clean kitchenware before donating**
- Cleaning supplies
- Unopened hygiene products (deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner)
How to Donate
Bring your items to the Pantry and drop them off. If the Pantry is closed when you arrive, you can leave your items in the donation cart outside of the Pantry doors. The Pantry is located inside the Residence on Fifth at 4700 Fifth Ave. If you have questions about your Pantry donation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sorry, the CMU Pantry Cannot Accept
- Perishable foods (fruits, vegetables, frozen foods, items that require refrigeration such as meat, dairy, cheese, etc)
- Opened or partially used packages of food
- Opened or partially used hygiene products
- Broken, damaged, or dirty kitchenware
- Microwaves, mini-fridges, or other large/heavy kitchen appliances
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.
Directions to the Pantry
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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