Dean of Students

Campus Food Pantry

CFPgraphicFood insecurity is an everyday problem for many of our students and community members at USM. Did you know that around 36% of college students in the U.S. experience food insecurity? There are many levels of food insecurity, from not having access to affordable healthy and nutritious meal options, to not having affordable access to a sufficient amount of food at all. The Campus Food Pantry (CFP) is a resource to help provide food security on campus.

We are committed to helping the USM community to have food security and peace of mind when it comes to thinking about their next meal. 

Who can access the Campus Food Pantry? 

USM Students or Community Members (faculty, staff, and family) with a USM ID Card can access the CFP.

Where is the Campus Food Pantry?

The CFP is located in the Woodbury Campus Center, Portland. Room 135. We are open Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm. 

Limited availablity in Gorham at the Free Store, Lower Brooks or the Student Success Center, LAC.

If you need more support, please contact Madeleine Lutts at (207) 228-8355 or email: Madeleine Lutts

How does the CFP work?

  • Check-in with USM ID Card
  • Grab a Basket and Shop!
  • Check-out with CFP Staff Member 

What will Students find at the Campus Food Pantry? 

The CFP is organized into 6 Sections for you to choose from that include Ready-to-Make Meals, Rice, Pasta, Soup, Conditments, Baking Mixes, Canned Vegetables, Tuna, Peanut Butter, Kitchen Staples, Personal Care Items, Fresh Produce, and much more!

  • Multi-Use Items: Pasta, Sauce, Condiments, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Pickles, Rice, Beans, Cereal, Rice, Salad Dressing
  • Single-Use Items: Tuna, Mac N Cheese, Ramen, Canned Vegetables, Soup, Instant Rice, Pasta, Potatoes
  • Ready to Eat:  Apple Sauce, Fruit Cups, Crackers, Fruit Snacks, Cereal Bars (THIS SECTION IS LIMITED TO 3 ITEMS)
  • Personal Care: Soap, Tampons, Deodorant, Dental Essentials, Hair & Skin Care products, QTips
  • Household Supplies: Food Storage, Detergent, Can Openers, Toilet Paper, and other (limited) Basics
  • Cool Zone: Rotating cold & perishable foods (based on availability) 

We ask that you bring your USM ID card to access the pantry or provide your Student ID #.
This helps us anonymously report need and restock what is needed and wanted. We do not collect any personal information. 

Each has a limit (per visit) to ensure we have a variety of items for everyone.

Donations & Ways to Help

Donate Items: The needs of the pantry changes on a regular basis. Our wish list can be found here

We accept: 

  • Non-perishable canned and boxed foods (canned vegetables, soup, coffee, cereal, pasta sauce)
  • Personal care & hygiene products (toilet paper, oral hygiene products, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soap) 
  • Household Supplies (tin foil, sandwich bags, dish soap, laundry detergent)

Provide Monetary Support: We use monetary donations to help keep our shelves full. We accept cash, check, or gift/grocery cards!

-Credit card gifts may be made by selecting the "Make a Gift" option provided via the USM Foundation

-Checks should be made payable to "USM Foundation" and mailed to PO Box 9300, Portland, ME  04104-9300, reference: Campus Food Pantry

-Gift/grocery cards or food items may be delivered to 147 Luther Bonney or mailed to: USM Campus Food Pantry, C/O Student Affairs, PO Box 9300, Portland, Maine 04104

Help us spread the word!

Tell your friends, talk to your classmates, talk to your colleagues!

For more information please contact The Graduate Assistant for Commuter Student Services & Campus Food Pantry, Madeleine Lutts.