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Announcement Regarding the University’s Response to COVID-19


April 25th Update:


Starting on Monday, April 27th, emergency meal swipes will be accepted at Forbes Street Market. The Quick Zone in Litchfield Towers will be closed after April 26th.  Emergency meal swipes can still be requested via this form.


April 11th Update:


In addition to continuing to provide assistance via meal swipes, we strongly encourage members of the Pitt Community to take advantage of local food resources. The nearest food pantry to our campus is Community Human Services, which is continuing to distribute pre-packaged food boxes for the duration of the pandemic. Directions to their pantry and hours of operation can be found here. If you are not feeling well, please call them at (412) 246-1600 to arrange for alternative assistance.


For those who need food assistance but do not live in Oakland, additional free food resources can be located using this map from the Allegheny County Department of Human Services. If you are not feeling well and wish to receive food from one of these resources, please contact the provider directly.


You are permitted to receive meal passes and take advantage of a community-based food provider in order to meet your nutritional needs. Again, emergency meal swipes can be requested via this form.



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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