** Updated 8/18/20

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Hunger and food insecurity affect thousands of individuals and families around gthe country every day.  At CMU, as many as one in every three students may be experiencing hunger.  The Student Food Pantry and meal swipe donation program support students who need a little extra help.

  • The Student Food Pantry, located beneath the Robinson Residential Restaurant, is open weekly from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesdays, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Wednesdays, and noon to 2:00 p.m. Fridays. If you are experiencing food insecurity, please complete the Food Pantry Online Request Form on the CMU Student Food Pantry Engage Central page to register for a food pickup.  The Student Food Pantry now offers care products (hygiene and cleaning supplies), too.  
  • Blocks of 10 meal swipes are available to eligible students and can be used in any campus residential restaurant.  Please complete the Meal Swipe Registration Form to register for a 10 meal swipe block.

Student Food Pantry 
The CMU Student Food Pantry works to alleviate the challenges and hardships of food insecurity that approximately one in three CMU students encourter during their academic career.  The food pantry provides much needed support for students so they can remain enrolled and ultimately achieve a degree.  The Student Food Pantry is open weekly on 5:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesdays, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Wednesdays, and noon to 2:00 p.m. Fridays.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the pantry located?
The CMU Student Food Pantry is open now.  Distributions will begin on Friday, August 21, 2020. The pantry is open weekly on Tuesday 5-7:00 p.m., Wednesday 3-5:00p.m., and Fridaynoon to 2:00 p.m.

Where are the requirements to receive food?
The pantry is open to any currently enrolled CMU student.  We verify enrollment, but do not have any financial elibility requirements.  Studnets sign a statement acknowledging a need for food assistance.

Are there any other places to receive food?

Yes! Please check out this pdf for food resources in the surrounding area. You will need to call to confirm operations are updated. Many are likely to have changed in response to COVID-19.

Food Resources.pdf


Are there any places to receive hygiene or cleaning products?

Yes! The Student Food Pantry now offers care products, such as personal hygiene, cleaning products, and limited school supplies to CMU students.


Are there any other types of resources for students in need?

Clothing Inc.www.clothinginc.org

Care Storehttps://www.facebook.com/thecarestorehelpspeople/

Financial Wellness Collaborativewww.cmich.edu/finwell

Isabella County Restoration House www.icrhouse.org

General Resource Assistance - dial 211


Meal Swipes

To receive meal swipes, please complete the Meal Swipe Registration Form on the CMU Student Food Pantry Engage Central Platform.

  • You will receive confirmation that your request has been submitted via Engage Central.
  • 10 meal swipes will be added to your card by the end of the next business day.
  • You may request meal swipes once per semester.
  • If you need additional help, please call the Volunteer Center at (989) 774-7685 or email us at foodpantry@cmich.edu


Frequently Asked Questions


Who can request meal swipes?
Any current CMU student who does not have a meal plan, including flex dollars, may request a block of 10 meals by completing the Meal Swipe Registration Form on the CMU Student Food Pantry Engage Central Platform.
Meal Swipe Registration Form on the Student Food Pantry Engage Central Platform.


I have a meal plan.  Can I still get help?
Students with an existing meal plan are not currently eligible to receive additional meal swipes, but help is still available.  Any student may receive food at the CMU Student Food Pantry, and those who need additional help can speak to a Care Advocate about additional support avilable by calling (989) 774-2273.

I requested meals; when will I receive them?
It takes approximately one full business day for meals to appear on your account.  For example, if you submit your request Monday before 5:00 p.m., your meals should appear on your card by 5:00 p.m. the following Tuesday evening.  Requests submitted on Friday will appear before 5:00 p.m. the following Monday.  Requests submitted during university breaks or holidays may requrie additional time to process.


Mount Pleasant Community Resources:

  • Community Compassion Network Pantry (1114 W High St) is open for drive through distributions: Please refer to ccnfeeds.org for more information and transportation resources.
  • The Isabella Community Soup Kitchen (621 S Adams St) is serving a sack lunch from 11:00 am- 1:00 pm every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  Please register 
  • Max & Emily's, located downtown Mount Pleasant (125 E Broadway), is offering meals to people in need everyday from 11:00 am- 2:00 pm.  Please mention People Helping People (PHP).
  • Salvation Army (1715 S Mission) has food boxes available by appointment only Monday-Friday from 9:00-noon, and 1:00 pm-4:00 pm. Please call 989-773-4663.
  • Please call 211 for additional assistance.


Other questions about any of these programs?
Please call the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center at (989) 774-7684 or email foodpantry@cmich.edu.