Nutritious U Food Pantry is open the 2nd and 4th full week of the month during the semester. It's open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12 - 5 pm and is located on the 1st floor of Memorial Union (Room 103A), across from the movie theater.
Any student can visit the food pantry up to two times per month, and only one time per week when the pantry is open.
No proof of need is required, but we do scan U Cards to track our numbers.
Students choose from available food items during their visit and can take up to a certain number of items per category.
We encourage students to bring their own bags to carry items. Paper and compostable bags are also available.
Fall 2023 Pantry Dates:
About the Food
The Food Group, a local food bank, offers Nutritious U extremely discounted prices for fresh, wholesome food items. Student volunteers stock the pantry shelves with a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, and proteins. We offer fresh produce grown at the Student Organic Farm on the St. Paul Campus in the fall. We also partner with local bakeries, including Einstein Brothers in Coffman Union and Cub Foods, for fresh bread, bagels, and pastry donations.
Summary of Food Resources
Volunteer with Nutritious U
Please complete this form if you are interested in receiving information about volunteer opportunities with Nutritious U. Your email will be added to a list of volunteers. You will receive an email one week before each pantry event with a link to a Sign Up Genius form. You will be able to choose which date and time you would like to volunteer.
Volunteer shifts are 1 hour long – you can sign up for as many as you'd like! You will receive a brief orientation at your first shift. Volunteers can expect to help move boxes of food, greet students, restock shelves, break down boxes, etc.
Support U Students
Nearly one in five University of Minnesota Twin Cities students worry whether they will run out of food before they have money to buy more or have run out of food in the past year. When you support Boynton Health’s Nutritious U, you help students struggling to get enough fresh, healthy food.
Please consider a gift of any amount to Boynton Health’s Nutritious U Food Pantry through the University of Minnesota Foundation.