The Triton Pantry is a food resource for any enrolled UMSL student who is experiencing or is at risk of food insecurity or hunger.
We are the Triton Pantry. We help UMSL students thrive. We partner with local organizations like St. Louis Area Foodbank and the Plumbing Council, many campus departments, groups, and offices like the Student Athlete Advisory Council and Alumni Engagement, as well as private citizens who believe in our mission of feeding student success. We serve our students in a friendly, open, and supportive way. All are welcome and we are committed to helping anyone who needs it.
At this time, the Triton Pantry can assist students in two ways: Pre-Orders and Walk-Ins.
Pre-Order: Order online for a scheduled pick-up time in advance. When you come to the pantry on that day and time, your box will be ready to go. If you have mobility issues that make it so you can't easily come in and carry your box out, we will bring your order out to your car. (Simply note it on the online form.)
To get started with your order, start HERE. Once you select a day and time that works best for you, you can then choose grocery options that suit your needs.
Walk-In: You can also stop by the Triton Pantry during our open hours (see "Hours & Location tab). Simply come to the pantry and one of our workers will assist you in filling your order. Please wear your mask and abide by social distancing guidelines.
Depending upon availability, students can choose from non-perishable, fresh, frozen, and canned foods, as well as household items such as bathroom tissue and toiletries. Quantities and selection vary from week to week, but we strive to meet our students' needs.
If you are unable to come while the pantry is open, please reach out and we will accommodate you as best we can. Reach out to our team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
**By using the pantry, students agree to the declaration of need and waiver of liability.**
The Triton Pantry is conveniently located on the lower level of the Millennium Student Center on UMSL's North Campus. We're just down the hall from The Nosh cafeteria. Our current hours of operation are:
To find local pantries in your area, use this interactive map here. (Note: call and double check the days of the week and hours they are open, as well as whether you need to bring a form of ID or other documentation.)
For St. Louis Area Foodbank Drive-Thru Distributions, click here. These are one day, outdoor, drive-up resources and are a great way to get fresh items.
Apply for SNAP benefits (formerly known as "food stamps"). SNAP stands for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. It's a federally funded nutrition program that helps individuals buy healthy food and stretch their budget. There are many college students who are eligible to receive SNAP benefits. If you would like help applying or determining if you're eligible, we have a specific partner to help you! Please reach out to Melissa Melton by email or by phone (314.528.8622).
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We also have emergency financial resources here and additional guidance on locating community assistance.
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Our team includes two full time campus social workers, Robin Kimberlin and Shereka Kemp. They can help you identify and address your needs. Feel free to email them with your inquiry by clicking their name.
We couldn't run the Triton Pantry without the support of the community. No matter the size, your support makes our program successful. We accept both financial and food donations. Our donors are both individual citizens and larger organizations.
Thanks for your interest in supporting us to support our students!
Our recent supporters include:
- Plumbing Industry Council
- St. Louis Area Food Bank
- St. Louis Alliance for Period Supplies
- Student Athlete Advisory Council
- Students will not be allowed in the actual pantry due to COVID-19 safety precautions.
- A mask or face-covering will be required when picking-up your order.
- Triton Pantry staff will wear masks during pick-up.