What to Expect

First Time Visitor

You will be asked to show your University of Pittsburgh ID. Once this is shown, you will complete a TEFAP Income Eligibility form. Our volunteers will assist you with any questions in filling out the form.

Once completed, you will fill out a paper and an electric sign in sheet. A pantry guide volunteer will then lead you around the pantry identifying items that can be taken via our shopping list. Sturdy reusable bags will be provided for you.
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To check out, you will give your bags to a volunteer to have them weighed.


Returning Shopper

You may shop at the pantry twice a month. When you revisit the pantry, check in with a volunteer. You will be asked to sign in and show your Pitt ID. Please bring your own shopping bags.

A pantry guide will lead you around the pantry.

To check out, you will give your bags to a volunteer to have them weighed.


Pantry Items

Food Category Non-Vegetarian Vegetarian
Peanut Butter and Jelly 1 item 1 item
Breakfast Items 1 large or 4 small 1 large or 4 small
Beverages 1 item or 32 oz equivalent 1 item or 32 oz equivalent
Snacks 1 large, 2 medium, or 3 small 1 large, 2 medium, or 3 small
Rice and Potato 1 item 1 item
Condiments 1 item 1 item
Soups 2 items 2 items
Canned Protein 1 large or 2 small cans ———
Pasta Sauce 1 can/jar 1 can/jar
Pasta 1 box/bag 1 box/bag
Miscellaneous 1 item 1 item
Prepared Pasta 1 large or 2 small 1 large or 2 small
Fruit 2 items/ 30 oz equivalent 2 items/ 30 oz equivalent
Vegetable 2 items/ weight equivalent 2 items/ weight equivalent
Beans 2 items 3 items
Expired Items Unlimited Unlimited
Gluten Free* As needed As needed
Infant Items* As needed As needed
Household Items 1 item 1 item
School Supplies 1 large, 2 medium, or 3 small 1 large, 2 medium, or 3 small
Dental Care Items 1 full or 3 travel size 1 full or 3 travel size
Menstrual Products 1 box or equivalent 1 box or equivalent
Shower Care Items 1 full or 3 travel size 1 full or 3 travel size
Miscellaneous Hygiene 1 full or 3 travel size 1 full or 3 travel size
Paper Products 2 bath tissue or 1 box of facial tissues 2 bath tissue or 1 box of facial tissues
Produce Unlimited Unlimited
Dairy and Eggs 1 unit of each 1 unit of each
Meat 2, from different shelves ———

*Available upon request