About Bear Pantry


Location and hours

University Hall - Basement floor

University hall building exterior

Hours of operation

  • Monday | 10a.m. - 5p.m.
  • Tuesday | 10a.m. - 5p.m.
  • Wednesday | 10a.m. - 2p.m. and 4p.m.-6p.m.
  • Thursday | 10a.m. - 5p.m.
  • Friday | CLOSED

Email: BearPantry@missouristate.edu
Twitter: @msu_bearpantry
Facebook: @MSUBearPantry 

Our mission

To provide the MSU community with access to well-rounded, nutritious resources and education to increase food security and healthy lifestyle choices.

Our vision

We envision a campus community in which everyone has access to needed resources.

The Bear Pantry is a member of the College and University Food Bank Alliance, a professional organization consisting of campus-based programs focused on alleviating food insecurity, hunger, and poverty among college and university students in the United States.

A 2018 national study conducted by the Wisconsin Hope Lab found that 36% of college students are experiencing hunger.  

Press and media

Food Fight: Bear Pantry combats food insecurity on MSU's campus | MSU Standard, April 2019

Local food pantries continue to serve college students | MSU Standard, April 2019

Step up and volunteer | Missouri State Journal, April 2019

MSU just opened a food pantry for students, professors, and staff | KOLR 10, April 2019

Missouri State University's Bear Pantry works to combat local hunger | KOLR 10, April 2019

MSU Bear Pantry celebrates on-year anniversary | Ozarks First, February 2020

Missouri State Bear Pantry now offering fresh produce to food insecure students | Ozarks First, November 2020

Bear Pantry helps Missouri State University community | Ozarks First, August 2022

Group Reports Rise in Food Insecurity on Missouri College Campuses | Ky3, February 2024