CMU Student Food Pantry

The CMU Student Food Pantry is open for the Spring 2021 semester. To comply with the Fired Up for Spring guidelines, the Student Food Pantry is not having students shop for items in the food pantry or care pantry. Students should now fill out the online forms located on the CMU Student Food Pantry Engage Central page. Please fill out the forms at least two days before the distribution you will be attending to allow time to put together the bags.  

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

  • The Student Food Pantry, located beneath the Robinson Residential Restaurant, is open weekly from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, 3-5 p.m. Wednesday and from 12-3 p.m. Fridays
  • Blocks of 10 meal swipes are available to eligible students and can be used in any campus residential restaurant.

You can find more information on each of these programs below.

Why are these programs needed at CMU?

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Statistics found from the EAB Study titled "Addressing College Students Basic Needs: Food and Housing Insecurity on Campus"

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the pantry be open?

The Food Pantry is open Tuesday 5-7pm, Wednesday 3-5pm, and Friday noon-3pm. If these times do not work please email 

Are there any other places to receive food?

Yes! Scroll down to learn about other campus resources. Also, check out this pdf for food resources in the surrounding area: 

Food Resources.pdf

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

Clothing Inc. -

Care Store -

First Impressions -

Financial Wellness Collaborative -

Isabella County Restoration House

General Resource Assistance - dial 211

Meal Swipes

To receive meal swipes, please complete the online form on the 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 


If you want to donate meal swipes, please visit the Campus Card Office in the Bovee University Center. Donations can begin after the last day to change meal plans each semester. 


Frequently Asked Questions

Who can request meal swipes?

Any current CMU student who does not have a meal plan may request a block of 10 meals by completing the online form found on the CMU Student Food Pantry Engage Central Page.


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 Student Food Pantry, and those who need additional help can speak to a Care Advocate about additional support available 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 p.m., your meals should appear on your card by 5 p.m. the following Tuesday evening. Requests submitted on Friday will appear before 5 p.m. the following Monday. Requests submitted during university breaks or holidays may require additional time to process.


I requested meals but my card was declined in the residential restaurant. What should I do?

Please contact the Central Card office at 989-774-3484 or You may also visit Bovee UC 209 M-F 8 am-5 pm.


How can I donate meals?

Students with meal plans may donate their unused guest meal swipes by visiting the CMU Card Office in the Bovee University Center after the last day to change meal plans each semester.