Food Pantry Services


The Office of Student Involvement is calling on Kutztown University students to complete the KU Food Pantry Assessment. Your responses will help us gather crucial data about food insecurity on our campus and the services that we provide. To complete the assessment, please follow the link here.

Bear Essentials Pantry

The Bear Essentials Pantry is located in the McFarland Student Union Building and can be accessed Monday-Friday from 8 AM - 4:30 PM. Come to the Office of Student Involvement in MSU 153, across from the KU Campus Store. 

The pantry is stocked with a variety of non-perishable foods and products, including canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, jelly, snack bars, crackers, rice, sauce, pastas, etc. No appointments necessary. 

*For the health and safety of our students, the McFarland Student Union building is closed for the remainder of the semester. The Bear Essentials Pantry is thus temporarily unavailable. The Student Food Pantry, a satellite of Friend Inc. located at the Lutheran Center, will be open every Wednesday 4pm-6pm for KU students to pick up food. Ryan Tuerk is also offering emergency drop-off's and pick-up's. He can be reached at 484-547-7340. Please contact with any questions or concerns. Thank you.

Bear Essentials Pantry

Available to students in the McFarland Student Union Building

Bear Essentials Pantry 2

Available to students in the McFarland Student Union Building

Photo of our Bear Essential Pantry
Photo of our Bear Essential Pantry
KU Student Food Pantry 

Any student in need of food or personal care items may also come to the KU Student Food Pantry, a satellite of Friend, Inc. located at the Lutheran Center just up the street from the Admissions House on Main Street. Students may access fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, dry foods, and canned foods. There are also personal care items available such as menstrual hygiene products, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, and shampoo. 

All students will sign in and complete brief paperwork. Your KU ID will need to be presented on your first visit (paperwork is renewed annually). Reusable grocery totes are provided to be used to carry selected items and then again on return visits. 


Wednesdays from 4PM - 6PM

Meet Ryan Tuerk

Ryan is one of the Friend Inc. staff members dedicated to the Student Food Pantry.

Pasta & Canned Goods

The food pantry provides students with numerous canned goods and pasta products.

Fresh Frozen Meats Available

Students are allowed one meat product per visit.

Canned Soups and Vegetables available

Students have access to fresh fruits, vegetables, and an assortment of non-perishable canned goods.

Our Friend Inc Staff, Ryan Tuerk helping stock shelves for the Student Food Pantry.
Pasta and macaroni and cheese
Meat products available
Assortment of fruit, vegetables, and canned soups
Information for Students & Families
  • About Food Insecurity

    Food insecurity, as defined by the College & University Food Bank Alliance, is the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or the inability to acquire such foods in a socially acceptable manner. The most extreme form is often accompanied by physiological sensations of hunger.

    Statistically, 1 in 5 students are hungry and lack sufficient access to food. Food insecurity cuts across all demographic statuses, enrollment levels, and geographic locations. These stressors affect student success in the long-term by impacting learning, grades, graduation time, and more. Kutztown University is proud to provide students with services like the Bear Essentials Pantry and the Student Food Pantry to address the issue of food insecurity on our campus. We are also a member of the College & University Food Bank Alliance (CUFBA).

  • How You Can Help

    Physical donations of nonperishable food items can be dropped off at MSU 153, as well as monetary donations. We thank you in advance for your generosity!

    Looking to volunteer with us? At our Student Food Pantry, we could always use a helping hand. We have times available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays to volunteer. If you are interested, please contact the Office of Student Involvement by stopping in or emailing

  • Student Feedback & Testimonials

    We want to hear about your experience using our Food Pantry services! The information you provide us will allow our office to promote these services to the campus community. 

  • SNAP Benefits for College Students

    Most students ages 18 - 49 who are enrolled in a college, university, or other institution of higher education at least half of the time are not eligible for SNAP benefits. However, students may be able to get SNAP benefits if they meet certain criteria under one of the following: 

    • Receive public assistance under a Title IV-A Program of the Social Security Act;
    • Take part in a state or federally financed work-study program;
    • Work at least 20 hours a week; or
    • Are taking care of a dependent household member under the age of 6, or a member of the house over the age of 5 but under 12 and do not have adequate childcare that prevents them from attending school, working a minimum of 20 hours, or taking part in a state or federally financed work-study program.

    Please refer to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutritional Service for more detailed information about college students and SNAP benefits

Quotation Mark

"Thanks to the Student Food Pantry, I was able to provide myself with a week of meals. I found out about this service just in time, when I was not able to afford food. I am grateful that the Kutztown community has come together to provide this service to the students."

- Kutztown University Student