Bear Pantry





How to use the pantry

First-time user
  1. Come to the Center for Community Engagement (PSU 131) OR Schedule an appointment with the Pantry staff. Bring your BearPass ID, and you will fill out your first time information sheet to receive your client card and ID number.
  2. Fill out a pantry request form online, or fill it out when you arrive at the pantry.
  3. Pick up your food from the pantry during our hours of operation (9am - 5pm). Please bring your Bear Pantry Client card. If you have lost your card, we will be happy to replace it. Each person can access the pantry 9 times per semester.

Returning user
  1. Fill out the Food Request Form online or at the pantry.
  2. Pick up your food from the pantry during our hours of operation. Please bring your Bear Pantry Client card.

Get involved with the pantry

There are several ways to get involved with Bear Pantry. You and your group can raise hunger awareness, serve at the pantry, coordinate a donation drive, and much more. Just let us know how how you'd like to be involved!

Serve

Head to this GivePulse page for more information and details on how to help the pantry out.

Donate

Make a gift through the MSU Foundation.

To make a non-perishable food donation, stop by the Center for Community Engagement (Plaster Student Union 131). Check out a list of our most needed items below. You can also work with us to host a donation drive.

Food items*
  • Cereal
  • Granola bars
  • Chips
  • Oatmeal
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Ramen noodles
  • Rice
  • Mac and cheese
  • Canned soup
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned veggies
  • Jelly
  • Canned fruit
  • Pasta noodles
  • Tomato sauce
Other items*
  • Can openers
  • Soap
  • Razors
  • Combs
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Feminine products
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dish soap

*To ensure food safety, we cannot use: rusty or unlabeled cans, perishables, homemade items, open or used items, expired items.

Additional Food Pantries

The following pantries are also accessible to students.

Well of Life

418 S. Kimbrough
Springfield, MO 65804
Ph: 417-869-2865

Hours

Monday & Wednesday: 10 a.m. — 2 p.m.

Notification

Students should inform staff that they are a student.

Victory Mission

700 W. Chase
Springfield, MO 65801
Ph: 417-864-2244

Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9 a.m. — 3 p.m.

Wednesday: 9 a.m. — 12 p.m.

Notification

Photo ID & Passport or social security card required. Staff will not ask if they are a student, but students are encouraged to inform staff if they are.

Central Assembly

1301 N. Boonville Ave
Springfield, MO 65802
Ph: 417-866-5013

Hours

2nd Saturday of each month: 10 a.m. — 12 p.m.

Notification

Students should inform staff that they are a student.

Call if needing a special pick-up time outside of Saturday hours.