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Announcement Regarding the University’s Response to COVID-19

March 23 Afternoon Update:

As of 5:00 PM, we are no longer able to distribute prepackaged bags, but will continue providing emergency food assistance to members of the Pitt Community via meal passes, which can be used to purchase meals at the Quick Zone in Litchfield Towers. You may request ten meal passes using this formIf you are experiencing any symptoms, including, but not limited to- fever, cough and shortness of breath- please do not fill out the form. Instead, please email to arrange for resources.


Pantry Hours

Adjusted Spring Semester 2020 Hours:

Until further notice, we will not be holding regular Pantry Hours. Please see instructions above if you are in need of food assistance.



Related Resources


Check out this online Resource Guide compiled by the University Library System with food, housing, health, employment, health, and other resources!

Pantry Usage Requirements

All members of the Pitt community are welcome to visit the pantry. Through a self-certification form, shoppers are eligible to use the pantry if they earn less than 150% of the Federal Poverty line, a state regulation, which equals $18,090 for a household of one and $24,360 dollars for a household of two. If you have questions regarding your eligibility, please email

Shoppers may shop for themselves and any family members (children, spouses, or partners with whom they share food) but unfortunately, not roommates. If your roommate is also in need of services, please bring them with you or contact us for a referral.

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Your donations truly make an impact. Hear what our shoppers have to say about the Pitt Pantry:

“The pantry has helped me save so much time and money while working as a grad student on a small stipend.”

“Worrying about food was really starting to affect my schoolwork. The pantry had better items than I could have hoped for, and the volunteers made the experience great.”

“I thought it was so amazing that Pitt had a pantry when I first moved here. My last university didn’t have anything like this so when I moved here I felt like Pitt really cared about me and my experience.”

“I spent down all my money because of health issues this month, and could not afford groceries this week so I was very grateful to get a large bag of food!”

“It’s really comforting to know that I can come to the Pitt Pantry and not worry so much about eating.”

In the News

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, College Pantry Series

90.5 WESA, 13 November 2017:

The Pitt News, 24 March 2016: Pitt Pantry Simulates Hunger
The Pitt News, October 2015: College Food Insecurity Demands Action

The Pitt News, : Food Pantry for Students to open in Oakland

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