Special COVID-19 Announcement
For the health and safety of our shoppers and staff, we are not accepting volunteers or in-kind donations at this time. That said, we recognize that now more than ever, we must work together as a Pitt Community and a Pittsburgh Community to ensure that everyone has access to the food and resources they need to get through this challenging situation. If you are looking to give back, please consider making a monetary contribution to one of our community partners who are continuing to operate throughout the pandemic:
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, in a labeled bin outside of the panty during closed hours, or at the Office of PittServes on the 9th 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:
- Rice and Potatoes
- Canned protein
- Pasta Sauce
- School Supplies
- Household Items
- Can Openers
If you can’t make our distribution hours and are wanting to donate food items, we have made an amazon wishlist to let you know our pantry’s current needs.
All financial and in-kind donations are tax deductible. If you would like a receipt, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet the 2019-2020 Pitt Pantry Executive Board
President – Jason Ong
Hi! My name is Jason and I am a senior majoring in neuroscience with minors in chemistry and computer science. I have been volunteering since November of 2016. Additionally, I am also president of the American Red Cross Club, play in the University Orchestra, conduct research, and volunteer at the Children’s Hospital. And I love exploring the city! As president of the Pantry, I hope to increase its visibility and collaborate with more groups on campus! Food is something I have taken for granted but I know that it isn’t true for many college students across the country. Upon graduation, I plan to attend medical school.
VP of Food Procurement – Sarah Scott
Hello! My name is Sarah and I am a senior Social Work Major with minors in GSWS and Neuroscience. I have been with the Pantry since January 2018. I’m the captain of the rugby team here at Pitt, and I am also a part of the National Honor Fraternity Phi Sigma Pi. I love finding new restaurants around Pittsburgh. I am passionate about the pantry because I believe that basic needs are human rights and basic needs of college students are often ignored.
VP of Marketing and Outreach – Caitlin Grosse
Hello! My name is Caitlin Grosse. I am a senior Environmental Science Major with certificates in Sustainability and GIS. I have been volunteering at the Pitt Pantry since fall of 2017. Outside of the classroom I like to help connect others with nature and get outdoors as much as I can. Connecting with shoppers at the Pitt Pantry allowed me to discover their reasoning for shopping at the pantry and become aware of their causes of food insecurity and how the pantry has helped them receive the adequate nutrition they need. Unfortunately, not many students are aware that our food pantry exists, so I am currently the pantry’s Vice President of Outreach.My goal is to promote the food pantry as a resource for students.
VP of Health and Events – Manasi
Hi! My name is Manasi and I am the VP of Health and Events at the Pantry. I am currently a junior in the nursing program. I have been volunteering at the Pantry since 2017. I am a brother of my fraternity Phi Sigma Pi and work as a TA. I love to sing, cook, bake, and play my ukulele! I hope to increase the visibility of the Pantry as a resource on our campus. The main project I have been working on is the Pantry’s monthly newsletter!
VP of Data Collection – Nora Kraus
Hello! My name is Nora and I am currently serving as the VP of Data Management for the Pitt Pantry. I’m currently a Junior here at Pitt studying supply chain management and marketing with certificates in business analytics and leadership/ethics. When not on campus, you can most likely find me trying a new coffee shop or going for a run in Schenley Park. I’ve been a volunteer with the pantry since my freshman year here at Pitt; the Pitt Pantry was the very first thing I became involved in here at Pitt and has allowed me to explore an important dimension of the food chain that I have become very passionate about. Being the VP of Data Management has been a rewarding experience and has provided me the opportunity to apply my previous experiences with data analytics with my involvement here at the Pantry and better understand the complexity of the Pitt Pantry as a whole.