What is Open Pantry?

Open Pantry was created during 2017 by the Student Services and Relations Committee, within Macalester’s Student Government, in order to address food insecurity at Macalester. It is designed to be a supplemental source that helps students fulfill the disparity in obtaining some essentials throughout the academic year and during summers.

Open Pantry is located in Campus Center 227 (the former SORC). It is open during all Campus Center operating hours:

Monday – Friday – 7 a.m. – 1 a.m., and Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. – 1 a.m.


The Macalester Open Pantry exists to ensure all students have access to healthy food in a timely manner.  We believe in the following principles that help center our work in supporting students:

  1. Food is a basic right for all individuals.
  2. Everyone deserves access to healthy food, where they live, that they can get to.
  3. Everyone deserves access to foods that are familiar to them and fit their cultural, ability, and dietary needs.
  4. Working collaboratively with other campus and community organizations drives our mutual success.
  5. Operating in a way that supports equity, sustainability and fairness to all builds a stronger campus community.

Open Pantry FAQ

Students and SNAP Benefits

The Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021, temporarily expands SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits eligibility to include students enrolled at least half-time in an institution of higher education, who either:

  • Are eligible to participate in state or federally financed work-study during the regular school year, as determined by the institution of higher education, or
  • Have an expected family contribution (EFC) of $0 in the current academic year.

Beginning on Jan. 16, 2021, students who meet one of the two criteria outlined above may receive SNAP if they meet all other financial and non-financial SNAP eligibility criteria.

Please be sure to read all of the updates to the new and temporary extension of student eligibility for SNAP Benefits.

Students & SNAP Benefits FAQ