Reed Community Pantry
The Reed Community Pantry (RCP) is part of Reed College’s Food Security Initiative. The RCP provides nonperishable food items, toiletries, hygiene products, clothing, books, and more at no cost to members of the Reed community. This resource is open to Reed students, faculty, and staff.
For more information about volunteer opportunities with the pantry, see our volunteer page.
Location & Hours*
Room 042, Gray Campus Center (GCC)
Spring Break / Summer Break Hours - starting April 10th
- Sunday: closed
- Monday: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
- Tuesday: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
- Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
- Thursday: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
- Friday: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
- Saturday: closed
*Hours adjust during fall, winter, spring, and summer breaks. If you cannot access the RCP during these hours, email email@example.com to schedule a time.
We have an Amazon wish list! You can purchase needed food and supplies from this list and have them sent directly to our office.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does someone access the services provided by the Reed Community Pantry?
The Reed Community Pantry has weekly hours communicated through campus email, social media, and flyers. We strive to offer as many open pantry hours as possible. We also strive to provide a judgment-free zone. Any Reed community member (with a Reed ID) can access the Pantry, no questions asked.
Student leaders, including Housing Advisers (HAs), Peer Mentor Program (PMP) mentors, Peer Health Advocates, and SEEDS coordinators are key partners in promoting the available resources and referring students to the pantry. Additionally, students and staff managing the Reed Community Pantry can connect students to the financial aid office for consultation and support.
Who manages the Reed Community Pantry?
- SEEDS Program Director
- SEEDS Reed Community Pantry Coordinators
- RCP Volunteers. Sign-up to be a volunteer
Who can use the Reed Community Pantry?
All current Reed students, staff, and faculty are eligible to access the Reed Community Pantry (with Reed ID). We will invite those accessing services to complete a voluntary demographic survey.
What does the Reed Community Pantry look like and where is it located?
The pantry is on the lower level of Gray Campus Center (GCC 042). It includes a refrigerator, clothing rack, and shelving for food, hygiene products, textbooks, and school supplies.
Where does the pantry get food and other supplies?
The pantry is stocked with food purchased in partnership with Bon Appetit (Reed’s dining services provider), food and supplies contributed by Reed community members, and food and supplies purchased using financial contributions from student senate, alumni, and donors.
What if I have non-perishable food I want to contribute?
Contributions can be dropped off at the pantry during regularly scheduled open hours. Those wishing to make a donation outside of scheduled open hours can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate. Due to limited space and staffing, we can only accept items that are new, unopened and unexpired, supplies and clothing in excellent condition, or on the wish list.
Can I contribute perishable food (e.g. from an event)?
The Reed Community Pantry can occasionally accept donations of limited quantities of packaged, perishable food. During hours when Commons is open, leftover food from events should be taken to the Scrounge, not the pantry. Another suggestion is to share a brief post, including the location of food and how long it will be available, on campus social media groups such as Buy/Sell/Trade, the Low SES/First Gen Students page, Multicultural Resource Center, or Peer Mentor Program.
When planning catered events, consider requesting to-go containers (Bon Appetit catering can provide these at a minimal cost) or bringing disposable containers so that leftover food can be taken home with event participants.
What programs are available outside of Reed to support people with food insecurity?
Oregon Food Bank has a searchable database that shows a list of all nearby food assistance resources, including prepared meals and food pantries.
Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) provides Oregon food assistance benefits. 211 Info can help people apply for SNAP and connect those eligible to other supplementary food assistance programs like farm direct vouchers, nutrition education, and resources to help people grow their own food.
Who can donate to the FSI? What types of donations are accepted?
Anyone can donate to the Food Security Initiative or Reed Community Pantry. Here are some ways:
Monetary donations can be made through Reed’s Online Giving website. In the "Comments and Reasons for Giving” section, indicate that you would like your gift to go directly to 24530, the Food Security Initiative.
End-of-semester board point contributions are used to purchase food from Bon Appetit to supply the pantry.
Direct contributions of food and supplies to the Reed Community Pantry are accepted during scheduled open hours—view our wish list below.
General Pantry Wish List
Essentials for Residence Halls
- Frozen meals and food items, such as pizza, Bagel Bites, and Hot Pockets
- Boxed meals, such as mac and cheese and Hamburger Helper
- Frozen burritos
- Tortilla chips and salsa
- Pita chips and hummus
- Beef jerky
- Cheese sticks
- Peanut butter, jelly, honey
- Apple sauce pouches, fruit cups
- Protein bars, granola bars, fruit bars
- Dried fruit (cherries, figs, blueberries)
- Coffee beans
- Hot sauces
Essentials for Residence Hall Cooking and Baking
- Canned vegetables (green beans, corn, etc.)
- Canned fruits (peach, pineapple, etc.)
- Canned beans (garbanzos, etc.)
- Marinara sauce, alfredo sauce
- Canned tuna and canned salmon
- Chicken broth, vegetable stock
- Spices: salt, pepper, cinnamon, sprinkles
- Olive oil, vegetable oil
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Body wash and Burt’s Bees body lotion
- Tissue box