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Campus Resources

The Pantry is a food+ pantry that is open to all JMU students, no questions asked. The Pantry is located in Taylor Down Under, room 112 in The Union. The Pantry is open Monday 12-6PM and Tuesday-Thursday 12-5PM. 

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You have 2 options to get resources. You can either:  

  • Walk into The Pantry when it’s open to select your items OR 
  • Place an order through the app for either curbside pickup or a rapid pick-up in The Pantry. Download the free app, search for "JMU Pantry" from your app store. 

 

What to expect when you walk in:

  • Flash your JACard at the entrance
  • Select your items from the shelves/fridge and put them in a bag
  • Weigh your bag (we record how many pounds are leaving The Pantry)
  • That’s it! 

 

What to expect when you place an online order for curbside pickup: 

  • Make sure to place your order by 10AM on the day of pickup to allow our staff enough time to prepare your order. 
  • Please endeavor to pick up your order within the half-hour time slot selected. If you cannot make your selected time, email pantry@jmu.edu or call 540-568-6071 to let us know. Pull into the lower (faculty/staff) level of the Grace Street Parking Deck (258 E. Grace St, Harrisonburg VA 22807). At the end closest to Dukes Dining is a designated parking spot for The Pantry - look for the purple sign!
  • Once you've arrived, call our office at 540-568-6071 and allow 5 minutes for our pantry worker to run the order out to your vehicle. 

 

Where does the food come from? 

The Pantry is a joint effort on campus, with support coming from the newly formed Basic Needs Advisory Board, which has representation from across the university and Harrisonburg community. We have partnered with the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank to ensure a consistent supply of quality options. The pantry has started largely with shelf-stable goods, some hygiene products, and limited fresh produce. Options will grow and expand as we better understand the needs of our community. This project is generously funded by donations from alumni and community friends. Donations can be made here. We also want to recognize JMU Dining Services for partnering with us in this service to students, providing fresh fruit for the pantry each week.

 

How can I help The Pantry? 

The Pantry is currently accepting donations for hygiene products and basic school supplies. To arrange a drop off of donated supplies, please email us at pantry@jmu.edu or call 540-568-6071. Additionally, we welcome food items that have been requested but are not currently available through the food bank, including: oils and vinegars, spices and herbs, basic baking items, and shelf-stable (non refrigerated) soy and almond milk. You can download a flyer of the most requested items. 

You can also make a donation to the Pantry

Please read this carefully. 

JMU Dining Services has partnered with The Pantry and provided meal vouchers to distribute to food insecure students that need to eat a meal at a campus dining facility. Food Insecurity means that your access to adequate food for active, healthy living is limited by lack of money and other resources. The Pantry prioritizes requests from students who lack access to food preparation and storage and are experiencing high levels of food insecurity. 

The number and frequency with which vouchers can be provided may change month to month, as needs and supplies fluctuate. Meal vouchers are a limited resource. Please carefully consider your situation before applying to ensure that this resource is going to students with the greatest needs. 

Some indicators of food insecurity include: 

  • You worried food would run out
  • The food you bought did not last
  • You could not afford a balanced meal
  • You cut the size of meal or skipped a meal
  • You ate less than you felt you should
  • You were hungry but did not eat
  • You lost weight from not eating 
  • You did not eat for a whole day 

If you need a voucher becuase you are experiencing food insecurity, complete this Meal Voucher Request Form and someone from The Pantry will contact you regarding your request. Not all students who request meal vouchers will receive them due to the limited supply of vouchers. 

Additionally, we encourage students to utilize The Pantry to provide a more consistent supply of food.   

There are microwaves available for student use in the following areas of campus: 

  • The Kitchen in the lower level of Festival 
  • Taylor Down Under (TDU)
  • Near the Bistro (patio side) in Student Success Center
Community Resources

The JMU Canterbury Episcopal Campus Ministry has a grab and go food pantry, SHELF’D, available to all JMU students. 

Canterbury says that “SHELF'D strives to offer a stigma-free gateway to nutrition for anyone who feels they do not have enough nutritional food to eat. If you are hungry, you are welcome. No exceptions, no questions asked.” 

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To access SHELF’D, go to the back of the building. Take the sidewalk down the right side of the building and access the pantry through the second door that is always open. 

The pantry is located at the Canterbury House which is located at 622 S. Main St. It’s not far from the Student Success Center. If you’re heading downtown it’s the third building on the right from the corner of S. Main and Martin Luther King Jr. Way. It is gray and has a large wraparound porch. 

There are many community resources that can help provide groceries or a meal. You can use the Food Finder created by Blue Ridge Area Food Bank (BRAFB) to help find a pantry or other resources. 

Food Finder is limited to the areas that BRAFB serves. If you live elsewhere and are searching for food, you can visit Feeding America or  Food Pantries.org for assistance.

It is highly recommended that before you visit any community agency that you verify their hours of operation and find out what their process is like by visiting that agency’s website or calling them to ensure a successful visit. 

SNAP provides food assistance to qualified participants. Each month funds are loaded onto an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. These funds allow them to purchase food at grocery stores and other food retailers. 

In 2021 Congress passed an act to temporarily expand the requirements for college students to qualify for SNAP. Students who qualify for a Federal Work Study award (regardless of if they are using their FWS award) qualify for SNAP. Additionally, a student that has a Zero Expected Family Contribution is eligible for SNAP benefits. 

For more information on the SNAP program and how to apply, check out Virginia CommonHelp

If you are interested in applying for SNAP, we encourage you to connect with Financial Aid and Scholarships at JMU to be informed about potential benefits of SNAP in regards to your financial awards. 

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