Fall 2019 Hours
Tuesdays 5-8 pm (Produce Days)
Wednesdays 2-5 pm
Thursday 5-8 pm
Friday 2-5 pm (Recovered Food Days)
*If you are unable to stop by during these times, please email email@example.com to set up an appointment.
Appointments are available Monday through Friday from 9 am-5 pm
All appointments should be submitted 24 hours in advance.
Location: Bellefield Presbyterian Church, 4001 Fifth Avenue
About the Pantry
PittServes is committed to ensuring that all students have regular access to healthy food options. In partnership with the Bellefield Presbyterian Church (4001 Fifth Ave), members of the Pitt community can visit the Pitt Pantry to select items of need. The Pitt Pantry was created in spring 2015 with the generous support of University of Pittsburgh Housing, Sodexo, and donations from the university staff and greater Pittsburgh community.
The Pitt Pantry is dedicated to ensuring that all students have regular access to a balanced and nutritious diet by hosting regular shopping hours to obtain food and services. It is completely volunteer-run and operates on charitable donations received from individuals and organizations within the community.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The Pitt Pantry operates with 100% volunteer support.
Students currently serve as:
-Food Recovery Specialists
-Student Executive Board
-Executive Committee Members
Donations can be dropped off at the Pantry during regular shopping hours or at The Student Office of Sustainability on the 5th floor of the William Pitt Union weekdays between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm (excluding holidays when the University is closed).
Monetary donations can be made through Give to Pitt, attention: The Pitt Pantry. Your financial contribution allows us to purchase the items that we are most in need of exactly when we need them without using much of our limited space for back stock.
If you prefer to provide in-kind donations, our most needed items right now are:
-Gluten Free Items
All financial and in-kind donations are tax deductible. If you would like a receipt, please email email@example.com.
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