A student may come by to pick up food from the Pantry once per week and need only bring their student ID to participate.
We accept any non-expired shelf-stable foods for the pantry, and we encourage a variety of nutritious foods from different food groups.
Some of the most common donations include:
Canned chicken, salmon, tuna
Canned fruits and vegetables
Dried pasta and pasta sauces
Peanut, almond, sun butters
Dried nuts, fruit, and beans
Dry cereals, oatmeal, grits
Beverages (shelf-stable milk, soy and almond milk, juices)
Snacks (crackers, popcorn, trail mixes, granola and energy bars)
Food can be dropped off into the bin in front of the Panther’s Pantry in Parking Deck B and the Urban Life Building Floors 8, 9, and 12 next to the elevators.
The Pantry is 100% student and volunteer-staffed and operated.
Want to get involved?
We accept volunteers from all majors/degree levels and can work with your class schedule.
What do you get out of it?
Work on outreach projects with the Coordinated Program students. Meet new, interesting people, be an advocate for this needed student service and add volunteer work to your resume.
You can sign up by stopping by the pantry to fill out an application or by emailing the Pantry Manager.
Panther’s Pantry was established in 2014 by graduate students from the coordinated program (CP) in the Nutrition Department. A survey conducted by CP students showed 68% of college students at Georgia State were food insecure at any one point while enrolled at the university, so the students decided to start the pantry. Studies have shown food insecurity among college students is linked to lower graduation rates and ultimately undermines their ability to succeed. The pantry aimed to solve this problem, so with the help of volunteers, more CP students and the Nutrition Department, the Panther Pantry began.
The pantry has seen a dramatic increase in student visits since fall 2017. The pantry has served up to 73 students in one week, while prior student visits were 11-15 students per week. These results are attributed to the efforts of many. The pantry manager, student volunteers and the Nutrition Department, allowing graduate students to work in the pantry as part of a rotation contribute to the success. Part of this rotation is creating outreach projects which serve to increase awareness about the pantry as well as distribute nutrition education to students. The pantry received new funding from a Georgia State Sustainability Committee grant to purchase much-needed supplies and equipment, allowing the Pantry to store fresh produce. Being able to offer fresh fruits and vegetables to students will greatly enhance the quality of the food items offered at the Pantry.
Planning is underway for the Pantry’s Fresh Produce Initiative for spring 2018. Through collaborations with our community partners and local farmers, we hope to become a sustainable source of shelf-stable, fresh and nutritious, foods for food-insecure students at Georgia State. As we continue to grow and develop, our goal is to improve the well-being and academic success of the student.