Pirate Pantry

Mission

Our mission is to alleviate food insecurity among Park University students.

Location

Labor Hall – Enter through the North Doors

Hours

Tuesdays – 11:30 am-1:30 pm

Wednesdays – 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

No appointment required.

A student can also make an appointment to visit a time other than listed by contacting pantry@park.edu.

Which one best applies to you?

Students in need can visit the pantry during open times: 11:30 am-1:30 pm on Tuesdays and 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm on Wednesdays. No appointment is required.

Students can also make an appointment to visit a time other than the times listed by contacting pantry@park.edu.

Students may visit the pantry once a week. At each visit, the student may receive up to three days’ worth of food. The volunteer will assist students in selecting the desired items from each category of food.

ID numbers will be requested for reporting purposes, but students will not be identified or contacted unless a concern arises.

Volunteering is easy! It’s three simple steps.

  • Commit to helping Park students. Volunteer commitments (a) at least one full shift or (b) helping restock and participate in other activities related to the Pantry. Volunteer commitments  include weekly, biweekly, or on a monthly basis.
  • Fill out the simple online form and submit for review.
  • Once you complete the forms, we will contact you with slot availability.

Only Graduate Students, Faculty, Staff, and Outside Volunteers over 18 years of age may volunteer for a shift. For other volunteer opportunities, please contact pantry@park.edu  

All steps must be completed before a volunteer will be approved to work.

Online Donation

You can drop off donations on Tuesdays 11:30 am-1:30 pm or contact pantry@park.edu to set up an alternate drop off time.

If you would like to organize a food drive at your place of business to support the Pirate Pantry, please contact pantry@park.edu for assistance.

Here are the list of items recommended for donation.

• Small cans of soup (8 oz – chicken noodle, vegetable, beef, etc.)
• Heat and eat single serve meals (low salt)
• Spaghetti and sauce (NO GLASS JARS)
• Canned tuna or chicken (both cans and snack packs with crackers included)
• Canned or cup-sized servings of fruit (low sugar-such as applesauce)
• Mac and cheese (single serving heat and eat are preferable)
• Heat-and-eat rice
• Cups of hummus with crackers (shelf-stable, non-refrigerated)
• Single serving vegetables (not canned vegetables)
• Low sugar granola bars
• Low sugar cereals (Cheerios, for example, 12 or 14 oz. – not family size)
• Shelf-stable milk (single serve, non-refrigerated, such as Horizon)
• Peanut butter, jelly (small sizes – NO GLASS JARS)
• Oatmeal in single serve packs

About Us

If you need more information, contact pantry@park.edu or any of the individuals below.

Dr. Jayme Uden
Dean of Students
jayme.uden@park.edu
816-584-6595

Dr. Debra Olson-Morrison
Director, Master of Social Work Program
dolsonmorrison@park.edu
816-584-6843

Florenda Jarrard
Assistant Director, Academic Support Center
fjarrard@park.edu
816-584-6313

Amanda Bryant
Coordinator of Student Advocacy
amanda.bryant@park.edu
816-584-6376

Partners

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