About Us

Mission Statement

The University of Maryland Campus Pantry’s mission is to alleviate food insecurity among UMD-College Park students, faculty and staff by providing emergency food to University of Maryland College Park students, faculty, and staff in need.


Eliminate food insecurity at the UMD College Park campus.

Specific Objectives

  • Creating a safe space to distribute good quality and nutritious emergency food to current UMD-College Park students, faculty and staff.
  • Creating and promoting a space on campus dedicated to food donation collection.
  • Collecting good quality and nutritious food items (donations) that may otherwise go to waste to enhance sustainability initiatives on campus.
  • Raising awareness around hunger issues, especially as experienced by low-income college students.
  • Encouraging student engagement to foster a sense of community, volunteerism and service to peers on campus.

Food Access and Student Well-Being Study

Food insecurity – the lack of reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable, safe, nutritious food – is a national issue with local impact affecting some students, faculty and staff in our own campus community. The University of Maryland has taken steps to address this issue, such as the opening of the UMD Campus Pantry in 2014 and growth of its services and impact since then.

In continuation of these efforts, researchers from the School of Public Health conducted a food insecurity survey in 2015, which prompted the need for a larger campus-wide survey to assess the issue more thoroughly and identify specific solutions. Such a study is ongoing and led by the University of Maryland Counseling Center Research Unit in partnership with the University of Maryland Department of Dining Services, University Health Center, and Maryland Parent and Family Association since the Summer 2017 semester.

The Food Access and Student Well-Being Study surveyed 4,901 undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Maryland College Park campus, representing 12% of the total campus enrollment. Of the students surveyed, 20% reported that they were food insecure. The study has also found that students who reported they were food insecure were likely to report a number of other challenges such as poorer physical health, lower self-esteem, and higher levels of distress, anxiety, depression, anger, and loneliness, compared to their counterparts. Food insecure students also reported a number of negative impacts of food insecurity on their academic experiences and performance – not being able to concentrate in class, failing an assignment or exam, missing a class, failing or withdrawing from a class, and planning to withdraw from the University.

Since 2014, the Campus Pantry has served in its mission to alleviate food insecurity at UMD by providing emergency food to campus community members in need, emphasizing sustainable food practices and raising awareness about hunger issues in our own community. You can help the Campus Pantry expand its efforts to reach even more students on campus. Donate to support the Campus Pantry online. Click here for the preliminary findings of the study and information about the efforts of the Campus Pantry.



Monday – Friday, 8:30 am-4:00 pm

Dining Services South Campus Administrative Office, South Campus Diner – Enter through the door next to the Commons Shop, office is on the second floor.


campuspantry@umd.edu or 301.314.8054



List of Most Needed Non-Perishable Items:

  • canned fish or poultry
  • canned vegetables
  • canned beans
  • canned fruit (preferred: in juice/no sugar added)
  • dry pasta or rice
  • cereal, oatmeal, or other non-perishable breakfast items
  • pasta sauce
  • peanut butter
  • jelly or jam
  • non-fat dry or canned milk
  • baby food or formula
  • cooking supplies (flour, spices, oils, etc.)

*no expired, dented, open, or broken containers

UMD Campus Pantry Location

University Health Center
Health Center, Heilsa Room 0143 (Ground Floor)
Campus Drive
College Park, MD 20742

Health Center Map

Lend a Hand

Work with the Pantry
Applications are now open for the Campus Pantry Internship for the Summer and Fall 2018 semesters. Students will work approximately 10-12 hours per week to reach a total of 120 hours. Students will be required to work during Campus Pantry operating hours, including donation and food sorting shifts and food distributions.

For more information about how please click here. If you have a question about the internship, please email campuspantry@umd.edu.

Volunteer with the Pantry

The Campus Pantry is partnered with Terps For Change for volunteer opportunities. Terps For Change offers a wide array of community service sites, including the Campus Pantry. Volunteers commit to a semester of weekly community service, coupled with 8 weekly dialogues where students reflect and explore the social issues related to the service. Check out more info about this program and apply now.  To apply, log into OrgSync and follow go.umd.edu/t4c. The priority deadline for this application is January 28th, with a final deadline of February 9th.

Host a Food Drive

Organizing food drives in your residence halls, clubs, organizations, or offices is a great way to help those in need in our community. If you would like to host a food drive or have any questions or concerns regarding the logistics, please contact us at campuspantry@umd.edu or 301.314.8054. You can find a flyer to use for your food drive here.

Contact Us

Name Title Phone Number Email
Campus Pantry 301.314.8054 campuspantry@umd.edu
Allison Tjaden Assistant Director – Dining Services 301.314.1016 alilly@umd.edu
Jane Jakubczak Campus Dietician 301.314.8140 jjakubczak@health.umd.edu
Sarah Wilson Coordinator of Health and Wellness 301.314.1493 swilson@health.umd.edu

Campus Resources

Health and Nutrition

University Health Center

Address:          Campus Drive, Building 140

College Park, MD 20742

Phone:             301.314.8184  (After Hours Nurse Line: 301.314.9386)

Website:         www.health.umd.edu

Nutrition Coaching *FREE*

Address:          Campus Drive, Building 140

College Park, MD 20742

Phone:             301.314.5664

Website:         www.health.umd.edu/dietanalysis

Note:              This Free Service gives students/faculty/staff of the University of Maryland campus the opportunity to work with a nutrition coach (a trained senior dietetics intern, supervised by the campus Registered Dietitian) one-on-one to develop an individualized plan for meeting their dietary goals.

Counseling and Mental Health Services

Mental Health Service (University Health Center)

Address:          Campus Drive, Building 140

Second Floor

College Park, MD 20742

Phone:             301.314.8106

Website:         www.health.umd.edu/mentalhealth/services

University Chaplains *FREE*

Address:          1101 University Chapel

College Park, MD 20742

Phone:             301.314.9866

Website:         http://thestamp.umd.edu/engagement/memorial_chapel/chaplains

Notes:             Pastoral counseling, in an open and inclusive environment for many faiths and cultures.

Counseling Center *FREE*

Address:          Shoemaker Building

College Park, MD 20742

Phone:             301.314.7651

Website:         www.counseling.umd.edu

UMD Help Center *FREE*

Address:          3105 South Campus Diner

College Park, MD 20742

Phone:             301.314.HELP

Website:         www.counseling.umd.edu

Note:               This service is provided via phone or in-person counseling.  It can be completely anonymous.

The Psychology Clinic at the University of Maryland

Address:          Biology-Psychology Building, Suite 2114

College Park, MD 20742

Phone:             301.405.4808

Website:         http://marylandclinicalpsychology.tumblr.com/Clinic

Note:               Fees for doctoral student therapists are based on a sliding scale, considering income and family size.  Special low rates offered to University of Maryland students, faculty, and staff.

Faculty Staff Assistance Program *FREE*

Address:          University Health Center

Campus Drive, Building 140

Ground Floor

College Park, MD 20742

Phone:             301.314.8170 or 301.314.8099

Website:         www.health.umd.edu/fsap

Note:               Free counseling services provided for UMD faculty, staff, and their dependents.

Financial Services

Office of Student Financial Aid

Address:       0102 Lee Building

College Park, MD 20742

Phone:             301.314.9000

Website:         www.financialaid.umd.edu

Note:               Offers a variety of emergency assistance.

FSAP’s Emergency Loan Fund

Address:          University Health Center

Campus Drive, Building 140

Ground Floor

College Park, MD 20742

Phone:             301.314.8170 or 301.314.8099

Website:         www.health.umd.edu/fsap

Note:               The FSAP’s Emergency Loan Fund (FSAP-ELF) assists UMCP faculty and staff members who are experiencing a personal financial emergency and have exhausted all other avenues of support.

UMD Student Crisis Fund

Phone:             301.314.8430

Website:         http://www.crisisfund.umd.edu/index.html

Note:               The Division of Student Affairs established the UMD Student Crisis Fund in 2001 to keep students on the path to academic success during a personal and unexpected crisis. The Fund helps any currently enrolled student who faces an unanticipated emergency that requires immediate financial need.


Off-Campus Housing

Address:       0232 Stamp Student Union

College Park, MD 20742

Phone:             301.314.3645

Website:         http://www.och.umd.edu/

Note:               The mission of Off-Campus Housing Services at the University of Maryland is to support members of the UM community in making well-informed decisions that enable them to enjoy a positive off-campus living experience.