Auburn Cares

Student Affairs

Campus Food Pantry

About the Campus Food Pantry

The Auburn University Campus Food Pantry began in the Spring of 2012 as an initiative in Student Affairs.  The goal of the Campus Food Pantry is to provide non-perishable food items to aid Auburn University students struggling with food insecurity.  Katherine Hettinger and Tim King spearheaded the research and implementation of this initiative.

The Campus Food Pantry started to assist members of the Auburn University student body who experience food insecurity. Students who use the Campus Food Pantry do not need to verify financial need. The Campus Food Pantry trusts that students will use the food pantry only when they have a need for this resource. We understand that some students who use the Campus Food Pantry will have a chronic need for food while other students may only have a temporary need that may not be reflected in a financial statement.

The Campus Food Pantry strives to protect the privacy of all students who access it and to provide food to those in need within our student body. We ask that students fill out a one-time application before their first visit to the Campus Food Pantry and a weekly Food Preference Form so that their needs can be accurately met. This data will be used to ensure that we provide the best possible services to each student. Use of the Campus Food Pantry will not become part of the student’s record, nor will the student’s information be shared outside the Auburn Cares office.

Volunteers will fill an unmarked bag according to the items marked on the Food Preference Form and according to what is in stock in the Campus Food Pantry. Students are able to access the Campus Food Pantry once a week.

To make an appointment to access the Campus Food Pantry, contact Auburn Cares at or by calling 334-844-1305.

Food Insecurity

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life.

Low food security is described as reduced quality, variety, and desirability of diet, but quantity of food intake and normal eating patterns are not substantially disrupted. Very low food security is when eating patterns are disrupted and food intake is reduced to lack of money or other resources for food. Essentially, food insecurity can be explained as either reducing the quality or quantity of food due to lack of resources.

Hunger can be considered a potential consequence of food insecurity that, because of prolonged, involuntary lack of food, results in discomfort, illness, weakness, or pain that goes beyond the usual uneasy sensation.


Current Campus Food Pantry Users

Students must meet with an Auburn Cares staff member prior to using the Campus Food Pantry for the first time.  Contact or 334-844-1305 to schedule an appointment to get set up as a Campus Food Pantry user.

Students who have previously used the Campus Food Pantry can complete an online Food Preference Form using the following link:

All forms submitted prior to Wednesday at 12:00pm (noon) will be available for pick-up on Thursday and Friday in Student Center Suite 1115. We are open from 7:45am-4:45pm.



Ways to Support the Campus Food Pantry


Amazon Wish List

Please check our Amazon Wish List for the items we currently need.

All items can be shipped to the following address:
Campus Food Pantry
Student Center, Suite 1115
255 Heisman Drive, Auburn, AL 36849

Food Drives

Thank you for your interest in donating to Auburn University’s Campus Food Pantry. All of your donations are greatly appreciated. Please e-mail the Auburn Cares office at so that we can best assist you and your efforts.


Frequently Asked Questions


What are the operating hours of the Campus Food Pantry?

The Campus Food Pantry has varying hours depending on the semester. Please contact Auburn Cares at or 334-844-1305 for the hours this semester.

How do I know if I am food insecure?

The USDA uses a 10 question survey to help people determine their level of food insecurity.  Please use the questions below to learn more about your level of food security.

Instructions: Select the appropriate choice depending on the number of persons and number of adults in the household.

  1. The food that (I/we) bought just didn’t last, and (I/we) didn’t have money to get more. Was that often, sometimes, or never true for (you/your household) in the last 12 months?

[ ] Often true

[ ] Sometimes true

[ ] Never true

[ ] Unsure

  1. (I/we) couldn’t afford to eat balanced meals.” Was that often, sometimes, or never true for (you/your household) in the last 12 months?

[ ] Often true

[ ] Sometimes true

[ ] Never true

[ ] Unsure

  1. In the last 12 months, did (you/you or other adults in your household) ever cut the size of your meals or skip meals because there wasn’t enough money for food?

[ ] Yes

[ ] No

[ ] Unsure

  1. If yes to #3, how often did this happen—almost every month, some months but not every month, or in only 1 or 2 months?

[ ] Almost every month

[ ] Some months but not every month

[ ] Only 1 or 2 months

[ ] Unsure

  1. In the last 12 months, did you ever eat less than you felt you should because there wasn’t enough money for food?

[ ] Yes

[ ] No

[ ] Unsure

  1. In the last 12 months, were you every hungry but didn’t eat because there wasn’t enough money for food?

[ ] Yes

[ ] No

[ ] Unsure


Food security status is assigned as follows:

Score 0-1—High or marginal food security

Score 2-4—Low food security

Score 5-6—Very low food security


Who may use the Campus Food Pantry?

Any currently enrolled Auburn University student with a valid TigerCard.

How much do items at the Campus Food Pantry cost?

All items at the Campus Food Pantry are free to our students.

What items are available at the Campus Food Pantry?

Non-perishable food items and occasional toiletries/house items are available.

Last modified: September 3, 2019