What to Expect

Requesting Food

The Pitt pantry is offering prepackaged food and household item boxes for no-contact pick-up on Wednesday evenings (3-7 PM) and Friday afternoons (1-5 PM). Currently we are able to distribute boxes by appointment only, so please fill out this form to confirm your box request and to select a specific time for pick-up. The form will temporarily close each week on Tuesday at 11:59 PM and open for the following week on Friday at 5 PM.

 

This online form takes the place of our regular sign-in process. You will need to fill it out every time you request a box; however,  you will not be prompted to answer all of the questions when it is your second visit of the month. You will fill out your name, 2P number, and whether it is your first or second visit of the month for each request. You can also update any dietary requirements/ preferences that may have changed with each current submission. Note that specific preferences cannot be accommodated for due to limitations on availability. We will try our best efforts at meeting your dietary requirements to give you foods that you can safely eat.  Please note that the form will not allow you to submit while any row is blank. For the rows that don’t apply to you or your household, please enter “0”. If you encounter any problems while filling out the form please email pantry@pitt.edu.

 

Once completed, you will be able to come pick up your box at your scheduled pick-up time on either Wednesday or Friday. Please read the ‘picking up prepackaged boxes’ section for information regarding pick-up location and safe pick-up procedures.


Returning Shoppers

You may request a food/ item box up to twice a month by submitting the online form for each request. There is a section on the form where you can indicate if this is your first or second time requesting a box for a given month. The same no-contact pick-up procedures apply. (Please consult the below section for information regarding pick-up).


Picking Up Prepackaged Boxes

Note that all pick-ups will be no-contact to ensure the safety of our shoppers, staff, and community. Please wear a mask during pick-up and maintain social distancing rules when near others. During the pick-up window that you select on the form, your box will be available to be picked-up on the Thackeray Avenue side porch of Bellefield Presbyterian Church. Please try to arrive as close as to the time that you select on the form. Upon your arrival, look for the last four digits of your 2P number written on your box. If you are unable to pick up your box during the timeslot you selected, please let us know by emailing pantry@pitt.edu. At the end of each day, all unclaimed boxes will be repacked for future use. Additionally, boxes may be heavy, so please plan accordingly. We suggest bringing a suitcase, backpack, or durable bags to help make the items easier to transport. If you plan on driving to pick-up your items, you can park in the visitor parking spot to the right of the porch.

 

If for any reason you do not want to keep some of your items, you can donate your unwanted and unopened items during pick-up. Please place any unwanted items in the box labeled “donations” on the porch. These items will be repurposed the following week.


Advance Choice Produce Days

The pantry is going to resume Advance Choice Produce Days with a few modifications to ensure safety during pick-up. Produce will be available every Tuesday evening from the hours of 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. To pick-up produce, you do not need an appointment. There is also no limit to the number of times that you can pick-up produce per month; feel free to come every week! You are allowed to take as many bags of produce as you would like for most items. Certain ‘popular’ items may be limited to ensure that everyone has a chance to take some home. Any produce that isn’t distributed on Tuesdays will be made available during Wednesday and Friday distribution hours while supplies last.


Foods and Household Items to Expect Inside the Boxes

Please note that the relative quantities and distribution of food items in your box is dependent on their availability during the week of your request. Additionally, each household will receive one of each hygiene/household item (if indicated on the form) depending on if the items requested are available during the week of your request. (The form should reflect the relative availability of these products for the upcoming week).

 

Shelf-stable Food Items: Hygiene/Household Items:  
Peanut Butter and Jelly  Toilet Paper (2 rolls)
Breakfast Items (cold cereal, oatmeal, pancake mix, etc.)  Facial Tissues
Shelf-Stable Milk  Bar Soap – Antibacterial
Snacks, when available through the Food Bank  Bar Soap – Moisturizing
Rice and Boxed Mashed Potato  Liquid Hand Sanitizer
Soups (both meat and vegetarian unless indicated otherwise)  Tampons
Canned Protein (chicken or tuna)  Antiperspirant Deodorant
Pasta Sauce and Dried Pasta Packages  Generic Toothpaste and Toothbrush Set
Canned Fruit and Vegetables  Paper Towels
Beans  Shaving Razors (3 Blade, 2 Pack)
Gluten Free Items (if indicated on form)  Other

 


A Thank You to Our Shoppers

Thank you for being understanding as we transition into our modified style of operation. The health and safety of our community is our top priority which means that current operations are subject to change based on changes in the University’s operating posture. Please continue to be mindful of the guidelines set forth by the University throughout the semester to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you. Additionally, follow our social media accounts and check back in on our website for future Pitt pantry updates. You can also reach us at pantry@pitt.edu if you have any questions, concerns, or would like to be added to our mailing list.

 

Thank you again for your patience as we continue navigating this uncertain time!