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Welcome to the Basic Needs Food Security Resources!

It can be challenging to do your best in class if you have trouble meeting your basic needs such as being hungry or worried about when your next meal will be. 

If this is you, you can come to the Big Blue Pantry and take a bag of food items while being mindful that there are others needing this shared community resource for emergencies. We ask that Pantry visits be limited to three visits per month and if you must utilize this resource regularly, we will connect you with the Financial Wellness program to get budgeting and other financial support. Or you might be eligible for the Swipe Ahead program.


Hours of Operation

Summer 2024 Pantry Hours

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 1:00 - 3:00pm

Wednesday: 10:00am to 12:00pm

Thursday: 1:00 to 3:0pm

Friday: Closed

The Pantry is closed on all University Holidays.

Appointments are available by request.


What to expect on your first visit to the pantry:

When you come visit the Big Blue Pantry, you will be invited to take one of our reusable bags (if you don’t have one already) and fill it with whatever you need from our shelves. Once you have finished, you will weigh your bag (there is no limit) and fill out a short digital survey. All information is kept confidential.

Remember, this is NOT a grocery store and should not be your only or ongoing food resource.

What can I find at the pantry?

We have canned foods, dry goods (rice, pasta, noodles, cereal), "heat and eat" meals, common kitchen staples like milk, bread, butter, cheese, etc. and personal care items such as shampoo, soap/body wash, toothbrushes, toothpaste, menstrual hygiene items, and shaving products. We also try to keep small quantities of meat and fresh produce, but those items tend to go quickly!

The Pantry is typically restocked twice per week.

Big Blue Pantry FAQ's

For more information about Big Blue Pantry view our frequently asked questions.

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Donate to Big Blue Pantry

Both shelf-stable food donations, as well as monetary donations, are accepted as donations to help support the Big Blue Pantry.

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