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Among University of Minnesota, Twin Cities students, 17.5% of students worry their food will run out before they can buy more; and 10% actually experience food shortages (Boynton, 2015). The Nutritious U Food Pantry provides fresh and healthy food to students that struggle to get enough to eat.

Any student is able to visit the food pantry; no proof of need is necessary. Students can choose which items they would like from various food groups, just like a grocery store.

Over 50% of the total weight of food we distribute is fresh produce! At the moment, we purchase every option of fresh produce that is available to us, which is why you will notice the same foods appearing each month.

We purchase food for Nutritious U from The Food Group, a local food bank in the metro, instead of requesting food donations in order to provide fresh, wholesome food items that are most difficult for students to access.


  • We launched our permanent pantry in Coffman

  • We held 7 successful food pantries this year!

  • We served 2,573 unique students with a total of 5,611 student visits

  • We distributed 32,668 total pounds of food

Upcoming Food Pantry

  • September 25-27th
  • October 30-November 1st
  • November 27-29th
  • December 11-13th
  • January 29-31st
  • February 26-28th
  • March 26-28th
  • April 23-25th

Pantry dates are held the Tuesday-Thursday of the last week of each month in Coffman Memorial Union, Room 210.

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The Nutritious U Food Pantry will not be open for the summer months (May-August). We will reopen during the last week of September!

If you or a student you work with is in need of support, here are some available resources:

  • Click here for information on SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assitance Program).
  • Visit the Food Resource Locator to search for food pantries, dining sites, produce distribution sites, and more!