Students, faculty, & staff may come by to pick up food from the Pantry once per week and need only bring their student or faculty/staff ID to participate.
Panther’s Pantry is unable to remain open during the current COVID-19 pandemic. In response, Georgia State has recently created a new Financial Hardship and Emergency Assistance online application. This application was designed to be comprehensive and capture information about a host of potential needs of students, ranging from basic needs to more complex financial circumstances. While campuses are closed, we encourage students to seek assistance by filling out the application and/or find the nearest food bank by texting FINDFOOD/Texto COMIDA to 888-976-2232 or for pick-up locations check here.
We accept any non-expired shelf-stable foods for the pantry, and we encourage a variety of nutritious foods from different food groups.
Most needed items:
Canned chicken, salmon, tuna
Canned fruits and vegetables
Dried pasta and pasta sauces
Peanut, almond, sun butters
Dried fruits 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.
Check out the latest volunteer opportunities and sign up here.
Alleviate the barriers and challenges associated with food insecurity and hunger by providing supplemental food assistance and basic necessities to at risk students and faculty/staff in need at Georgia State University.
Distribute food and basic necessities to the Georgia State community to alleviate stress associated with short term food insecurity and other financial constraints in order to effectively reduce hunger and improve student success.
KNOW YOUR NUTRITION
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 the Fall of 2017. The pantry has served up to 135 students in one week, while prior student visits were 11-15 students per week. In fall 2018, Panther’s Pantry under GSU Foundation became a 501c3 non-profit organization and are now a partner agency with the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
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.