The Pitt Pantry

Pitt Pantry

 

Announcement Regarding the University’s Response to COVID-19

 

August 20th  Update–Expanded Hours and Reintroducing Produce Days!

As the fall semester kicks off, we are continuing to offer prepackaged food and household item boxes for pick-up on Wednesday evenings  and Friday afternoons. Please note that these pick-ups are by appointment only, and you can request a box for a specific pick-up window using this form. The form will temporarily close each week on Tuesday at 11:59 PM and open for the following week on Friday at 5:00 PM. You may request a box via the form up to twice a month.

 

During the pick-up window you select, your box will be available on the Thackeray Avenue side porch of Bellefield Presbyterian Church. Upon arrival, look for the last four digits of your 2P number written on your box. Boxes may be heavy, and we suggest bringing a suitcase, backpack, or bags to make the items easier to transport. If you are driving, you can park in the visitor parking spot to the right of the porch. If you do not want all of your food, please place the unwanted items in the box labeled “donations” on the porch.

 

We will also be resuming our Advance Choice Produce Days, with some modifications. Produce will be available on Tuesday evenings from 4:30-6:30 PM in the Bellefield Presbyterian Church back parking area. You can access the parking lot either by walking up the church steps from Fifth Avenue and going to the right, or by turning left off of Thackeray between the yellow posts. You do not need to make an appointment to come get produce, you can come every week, and in most cases you can take as many bags as you would like (some very popular items may be limited so that everyone has a chance to get some). Any produce that we do not distribute on Tuesdays will be made available during Wednesday and Friday distributions while supplies last.

 

*Please maintain physical distancing and wear a face covering while you are picking up produce or boxes! 

 

The health and safety of our shoppers and staff is our top priority, and operations are subject to change based on changes in the University’s operating posture. Please check back often for updates and email pantry@pitt.edu if you have any questions. Thank you for your patience as we continue navigating this uncertain time!


 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. Shoppers may take food 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, encourage them to fill out the form above or contact pantry@pitt.edu.


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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: http://wesa.fm/post/pitt-pantry-helps-students-realize-poor-nutrition-doesn-t-have-be-part-college-experience#stream/0

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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