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).

Hours for Open Pantry from Dec. 19 – Jan. 18 break are: 

Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Wednesdays, Thursdays: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Weekends: Closed


Who should use Open Pantry?

Anyone Macalester student who is experiencing financial, health-related, or other challenges that may impact their access to food and other essentials.  If a student is experiencing a greater need than Open Pantry can meet, they are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Affairs or Financial Aid.

How do I use Open Pantry?

  1. Take items you will need until the following week or opening time.
  2. Make sure to write down items taken on the logging slips. This is anonymous and is not used to track students utilizing this resource, but is designed to track how much of each item is being used for purchasing.
  3. Make sure to also leave the space as clean as it was before.
  4. Please write any comments, questions, and suggestions in the “feedback” portion of the slips as well. These are checked weekly and all feedback is taken into consideration.

What does Open Pantry stock?

Below is a list of our most used/stocked foods, snacks, and other essentials. This is in no way a comprehensive list of all the items we have, but gives a nice overview for users and those giving donations:

Rice, pasta, macaroni and cheese, sauces, canned vegetables, canned beans, boxed cereal, oatmeal, pancake mix, peanut butter, jelly, honey, canned soups, ramen, canned fruit, applesauce, granola bars, protein bars, fresh produce, canned chicken, canned tuna, cooking oil, spices, instant meals, almond milk, soy milk.

We also stock other essentials and personal care items such as:

Bar soap, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, pads and tampons, toothbrushes, toothpaste, lotion, and dish soap.