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.
The Triton Pantry uses a self-choice model. Upon entering the space, students will be asked to swipe their student ID or provide their student number. This allows us to better understand the campus needs and how our pantry is being utilitzed. Students are then welcome to walk around the pantry and choose the items that will work best for their needs. Students are to bring their own bag or box to carry their items. MASKS are required inside the Triton Pantry.
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. Quanitities and selection vary from week to week, but we strive to meet our students' needs.
**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. Check out our virtual video below of how to get to us!
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.
UMSL CASE MANAGEMENT
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