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 August 17th, students can request a Grab and Go Bag that can be picked up Mondays 11am-5pm and Tuesday-Friday 9am-5pm. Students are able to sign up for one appointment per week and will receive a Grab and Go Bag that contains 10 items.
To schedule a pick up time, students must sign up using this Microsoft Bookings link. Priority will be given to individuals who reserve a Grab and Go Bag time slot.
Please have your Bear Number on hand when you arrive. Students picking up Grab and Go Bags are expected to adhere to social distancing guidance. Any individuals on campus should remain more than six feet apart and wear masks covering the mouth and nose.
Bear Pantry users are responsible for arriving at the Student Affairs desk to pick up their grab-and-go bag at their scheduled pick-up time. If students arrive to pick up their items 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 cancelled and their grab-and-go bag may be offered to another Bear Pantry user.
When selecting an appointment time, students will select whether they 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. Appointment times vary in time to allow students to complete their online survey after receiving the Grab and Go Bag.
Students with meal plans are able to donate up to 3 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