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Frequently Asked Questions

How does the pantry work?

Clients fill out a first time user form when coming to pantry and receive a client card. Clients receive food once a month by filling out a food request form that volunteers will then fill.

Who can use the pantry?

We serve any student, faculty or staff member. It is non-discriminatory based on income so anyone can technically use the service. People come in monthly for a three day emergency food supply per person in their household and weekly for produce based on availability.

How many times can I use the pantry?

Once a month, and every week for produce if we have it. We use a card punch system where the client is given a card that we hole punch each month. Also, we are now using an online database where the system checks to see if a client has already been in the pantry that month.

When and why did the pantry start?

2012 in an effort to serve students, faculty and staff at Mizzou that were food insecure.

Where is the pantry located?

1400 Rock Quarry Rd. Columbia, MO – An off-site location of Mizzou’s campus.

Who runs the pantry (students, administration, both, other)?

Tiger Pantry is a student-run organization led by a Director and 11 person executive board. There are a graduate assistant and paid staff administration member that advise the students and oversee finances and operations.

How do you staff the food pantry and what days/times of the week is the food pantry open?

We have an application based volunteer positions which is student staffed. We are open Sundays 11-2, Tues/Wed 4:30-6:30. We have at least 6-8 volunteers at each shift.

Hours change for holidays and breaks, see our social media and our website banners for information.

What is your average monthly food distribution?

We range anywhere from 3500 lbs. to 5000 lbs. in a month.

Where do you receive food donations?

We receive food from both drives on campus and a significant portion from the Central Missouri Food Bank which we are an agency of. Many fundraisers and food drives are coordinated throughout the year in order to supply the pantry. We also receive monetary donations where we then go out and bulk purchase the food. People come in monthly for a three day emergency food supply per person in their household and weekly for produce based on availability.

How do you market the food pantry to students because oftentimes some students may be too embarrassed to come to a food pantry?

We are constantly fighting a stigma of food insecurity on campuses so we provide educational tools to encourage people to start these conversations. Clients are confidential other than when they initially sign up, and we actively work to protect that confidentiality. We market to the entire university in hopes that those who need the service will see it, and even those who don’t will be comfortable starting the conversation with someone who might.

How do you run food drives? What are some things that have worked well when it comes to drives for raising funds and food for the pantry?

We have a fundraising coordinator on our board who organizes on and off campus food drives. We provide bins, pick up and drop off! Several organizations throughout campus use monetary donations or cans as admittance to an event or something which in return is donated to us. Reaching out to orgs and providing education to them about campus food insecurity, as well as attending their events as a pantry can really help strengthen relationships. We do numerous fundraisers throughout the summer, but getting involved in week long events like homecoming is a great contributor. Also, we are going to start a competition between our residence halls to see who can raise the most food and they will receive a certificate. Many of our drives focus around one school/organization or maybe just a few. We place bins at their events encouraging participants to donate food.

Were there any rules and/or regulations that you had to consider before establishing the food pantry?

We reflected our rules and regulations when starting off of the Full Circle Pantry at the University of Arkansas. We have an extensive amount of regulations when it comes to confidentiality of clients, rules with handling expired food, what time of things we can distribute (i.e. no fresh meat or dairy).