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Campus Pantry

Approximately 20 percent of UMD students lack reliable access to  sufficient quantities of affordable, nutritious food. Join us in creating a hunger free UMD.

The UMD Campus Pantry is open to help students, faculty, and staff experiencing food insecurity. You must swipe your University ID before entering and check out before leaving. Bring your own reusable bag. 

Hours & Availability

Fall 2022 Hours (effective August 29 – November 16)
Monday to Friday 10 am – 5 pm |  UMD Staff & Faculty Hours: Monday 12 – 5 pm

Campus Pantry is closed when campus is closed

To be eligible for services you must be a current student, faculty or staff-member at the University of Maryland and bring your current UMD ID card with you.
Staff & faculty must register in advance at go.umd.edu/CampusPantrySignUps and are limited to two visits per month during the Staff & Faculty Hours. Sign up needed one day prior to visit

Campus Pantry Resources

Teaching Kitchen

The UMD Campus Pantry team partners with students, faculty, staff and other organizations to offer classes and educational programming in our new teaching kitchen. Workshops have included benefits of gardening, how to use up fresh fruits and vegetables, and practicing key cooking skills. Spring 2022, visit the Pantry on Thursday or Friday afternoons to join in on a cooking demonstration.

Terp Resource Room

The UMD Campus Pantry offers a Terp Resource Room for UMD student reservations. You can use the Terp Resource Room as a private, reliable and reservable room to access tele-services offered by partners either On-Campus (counseling, nutrition, wellness, etc.) or Off-Campus (SNAP, WIC). If you need a space to use for your upcoming tele-service appointments, you can reserve the Terp Resource Room here.

Lend a hand

Monetary donations can be made on the Giving site.

Non-perishable food donations can be dropped off at the UMD Campus Pantry welcome desk anytime during open hours. Please package donations in a bag or box. If you have a donation that is too large to carry into the Campus Pantry or are interested in donating items other than non-perishable foods, please contact campuspantry@umd.edu to inquire about a special donation pickup.

List of Most Needed Non-Perishable Items:

  • broth (chicken, vegetable, etc.)
  • oil (olive, canola, spray, etc.)
  • herbs and spices (oregano, cumin, chili powder, onion powder, etc.)
  • salt and pepper
  • flour (wheat, corn, gluten free)
  • vinegar
  • grains (brown rice, quinoa, barley, etc.)
  • cereal, oatmeal, or other non-perishable breakfast items
  • dried fruit (raisins, dates, dried cranberries, etc.)
  • non-fat dry or canned milk
  • canned fish or poultry
  • canned or dry beans
  • canned tomatoes
  • salsa
  • pasta sauce
  • peanut butter
  • mayonnaise
  • soy sauce

*no expired, dented, open, or broken containers

Utilizing the results of The Food Access and Student Well-Being Study and recommendations developed by the Fall 2018 INNOVO Scholars, the University of Maryland created a Hunger-Free Workgroup focused on combating food insecurity and its surrounding issues with the goal of creating a hunger-free campus. All members of the UMD community are welcome to fill out this form for more information.

Applications are open for the Campus Pantry Student Staff Team. Student team members work approximately 10 hours per week. Students are required to work during Campus Pantry operating hours, including donation and food sorting shifts and food distributions.

Applications are now open for two Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic AmeriCorps VISTA service member positions! The CCMA UMD Campus Food System Education Project will build capacity for the Campus Pantry Teaching Kitchen, Campus Community Gardens, and expand food literacy both on and off-campus. Apply here. The CCMA University of Maryland Terp Farm Project builds capacity for produce gleaning to bring fresh foods to the Campus Pantry and other anti-hunger partners. Apply here. Learn more and browse other opportunities with AmeriCorps VISTA here.

If you have questions about the available opportunities, please email campuspantry@umd.edu.

Volunteering with the Campus Pantry can include distribution assistance, set-up, stocking donations, checking in clients, and answering visitor questions. The Campus Pantry is partnered with Terps For Change for volunteer opportunities. Terps For Change offers a wide array of community service sites, including the Campus Pantry. Volunteers commit to a semester of weekly community service, coupled with 8 weekly dialogues where students reflect and explore the social issues related to the service. Check out more info about this program and apply now.  To apply, log into OrgSync and follow go.umd.edu/t4c.

Organizing food drives in your residence halls, clubs, organizations, or offices is a great way to help those in need in our community. If you would like to host a food drive or have any questions or concerns regarding the logistics, please contact us at campuspantry@umd.edu or 301-405-9579.

Find Us

The Campus Pantry is located on the ground floor of the South Campus Dining building, 7093 Preinkert Drive, Campus Drive, College Park, MD 20742.

Email: campuspantry@umd.edu or Phone: 301-405-9579.

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