Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.63
Liaison Deborah Steinberg
Submission Date Dec. 6, 2021

STARS v2.2

Carnegie Mellon University
IN-14: Food Bank

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Zachary Miller
Project Administrator
Office of Student Leadership, Involvement, and Civic Engagement, Campus Engagement
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Does the institution host a food bank, pantry, or equivalent resource focused on alleviating food insecurity, hunger and poverty among students?:

A brief description of the food bank, pantry, or equivalent resource:

The CMU Pantry is a resource for undergraduate and graduate students to help combat food insecurity on campus.

The CMU Pantry takes access-related challenges out of the equation and allows the university to hone in on the specific nutritional gaps for CMU students as well as the dietary needs and cultural preferences specific to our student body. Additionally, from the perspective of the holistic student experience and network of support, the Pantry provides the important opportunity to personally connect with students and to communicate with them about other available resources that they may not be aware of.

The Pantry is set up similar to a grocery store, allowing student shoppers to choose items for themselves. During the pandemic we modified our operations to a model that utilizes an online order form and pre-packaged bags for our shoppers. This was done to accommodate COVID-19 protocols, but The Pantry has recently returned to the “shop through model”.

Unlike many community-based pantries, students do not have to demonstrate financial need to be able to utilize the Pantry. Any student who comes to the Pantry will be able to take advantage of this resource. In addition to non-perishable foods, fresh fruits and vegetables are available at the Pantry. For many of ours shoppers the fresh produce is a primary reason to visit the Pantry.

The Pantry is a student-driven initiative (with paid and volunteer roles) with supervision and administrative support from the Office of Student Leadership, Involvement, and Civic Engagement (SLICE).

Website URL where information about the food bank is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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