Bear Pantry at UNC
UNC's Bear Pantry is a collaborative initiative on campus to assist students in our community who are faced with food insecurity. Bear Pantry supplements the food supply for any UNC students experiencing hunger and struggling to buy food.
College students who experience food insecurity struggle to support themselves while working, attending classes, and dealing with other life issues. Bear Pantry hopes to minimize food insecurity while students work toward completing their education.
Effective January 19th, students can request a Grab-and-Go Bag of Bear Pantry items that can be picked up on Tuesdays or Wednesdays between 11 AM and 1 PM at the Student Affairs desk on the second floor of the University Center. Students are able to sign up for one appointment per week to receive a bag containing approximately 10 food and/or hygiene items.
To request a Grab-and-Go Bag from the Bear Pantry and schedule your pick up appointment, please complete the Microsoft Bookings form in advance. When completing this form, you will need to select whether you are a new user or a returning user. (New users are students who have not used the Bear Pantry since August 17, 2020. Returning users are those that have used the Bear Pantry since August 17, 2020 and have already completed the yearly questionnaire. The appointment times vary in length in order to allow time for students to complete the online survey after receiving their items.)
Please have your Bear Number with you when you arrive to pick up your items. Upon arrival at the Student Affairs desk, check in with desk staff (if available) or call Bear Pantry at 970-351-3667 for assistance.
Bear Pantry users are responsible for arriving at the Student Affairs desk at their scheduled pick-up time. If students arrive outside of their designated time, they will need to wait until staff is available to assist them. If students do not pick up their items within 30 minutes of their scheduled time, their reservation will be canceled and their Grab-and-Go Bag may be offered to another Bear Pantry user.
Throughout the pick-up process, students are expected to adhere to social distancing guidance, remain more than six feet apart, and wear a mask covering their mouth and nose.
Bear Share - (no Bear Share over Summer)
Students with meal plans are able to donate up to 5 bonus meals per semester to the Bear Share Meal Swipe Program.
Students experiencing food insecurity can request that a Bear Share Meal Swipe be loaded to their student ID. Students can redeem Bear Share swipes from UNC dining halls on campus during hours of operation. You must have your student ID with you to redeem Bear Share meals.
To request a Bear Share Meal Swipe, students are asked to submit the Bear Share Meal Swipe Online Request Form.
Bear Pantry Information
Limited Distribution Summer Hours
Wednesdays 10 AM–12 PM
Thursday 12 PM–2 PM
Pick Up Location
Student Affairs Desk
University Center, 2nd floor
We are committed to facilitating students’ access to food as consistently as possible, and we appreciate your patience and flexibility with the changes in our services in response to public health needs.