SEEDS

Division Of Student Life

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*

Location

Room 042, Gray Campus Center (GCC)

Hours

  • Sunday: 1:30–5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 3–7 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 3–7 p.m.
  • Friday: 11:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

*Adjusted hours during fall, winter, spring, and summer breaks. If you cannot access the RCP during these hours, email seeds@reed.edu to schedule a time.

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. Student leaders, including Housing Advisers (HAs), Peer Mentor Program 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 back to the financial aid office for consultation and support.

Who manages the Reed Community Pantry?

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.

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 and other supporters on and off campus.

View the pantry’s Amazon wish list

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 can also contact Tara Sonali Miller to coordinate. Due to limited space and staffing, we can only accept items that are either on the wish list or that are unopened and unexpired.

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. Those wishing to make a donation should contact Tara Sonali Miller. 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 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.

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?

    • Monetary donations can be made through Reed’s 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. (Due to limited space and staffing, we can only accept items on this list as well as items that are unopened and unexpired.)

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
  • Crackers
  • 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

Essential Toiletries

  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Body wash and Burt’s Bees body lotion
  • Tissue box

Contact

Tara Sonali Miller, SEEDS Program Manager.