NMU Food Pantry

Photo of the exterior of a brick building - Gries Hall
NMU Food Pantry Entrance from Seventh Street


Learn more about becoming involved with the NMU Food Pantry by watching this video.

August 5, 2020

Northern Michigan University buildings are now open to students. We will not be completing the pre-order system that had been in place since March 30. There will be regular hours that the NMU Food Pantry will be open during the week and the number of active shoppers will be limited. We will continue to keep you updated as we adjust to the new system. As with all buildings, masks will be required for entrance. If you are unable to wear a mask, please email hrhoades@nmu.edu to request items that you need and we will arrange for an exterior pickup.

May 19, 2020

On March 30, we switched to our online order system and we're thrilled to report that since that time, we have filled over 365 boxes for NMU students. This was only possible with the overwhelming support of folks in the greater NMU community.

The NMU Food Pantry continues operations throughout the summer and orders are available Wednesday evening.
Online order form available here: https://www.nmu.edu/dso/nmu-food-pantry.

We're looking forward to our second year of planting a vegetable garden that students will be able to harvest through October.

April 28, 2020

The NMU Food Pantry will continue operations during the summer. Beginning the week of May 4, 2020, food orders may be picked up between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday evenings. Students will continue to submit orders through the online form (above). Follow NMU Food Pantry on the Facebook for more updates. https://www.facebook.com/NMUFoodPantry/


March 31, 2020

To help keep us all safe and healthy, the NMU Food Pantry will, for the foreseeable future, be employing an online order system for patrons.

  • Access the form via the URL provided below.
  • Fill it out.  Indicate your preferred pickup day.
  • Shopping takes a bit of time. We're sending this to you on a Monday morning. If you have it submitted by Tuesday at noon, we should have your bag packed for Tuesday evening. If your form is submitted by Wednesday at noon, we should have your bag packed for Wednesday evening. If you arrive at the pantry and you have not submitted an electronic request, you will need to complete a paper request.
  • Unload your order. Make sure you bring with you a box or bag to take your items home. 
  • The pickup location is just inside door #1, Gries Hall which is accessed off of Seventh Street.
  • The form will be emailed each week to your NMU email address.  Please remember, the NMU Food Pantry will never ask for your NMU password or for any billing or account information.

Either click on the following link or copy and paste it into a browser. 



March 25, 2020

The NMU Food Pantry continues to serve the NMU community. Pick-up hours are Tuesday and Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in Gries Hall. In the last week we have helped several first-time shoppers whose employment has changed due to the safety restrictions that have been put into place. We wanted to share guidance provided by the state regarding new eligibility for unemployment and underemployment benefits as well as information regarding health insurance for Michigan residents.

The state has relaxed some of its eligibility requirements for unemployment and underemployment benefits, so we encourage students who lost off-campus jobs to consider filing to see if they are eligible.

The Healthy Michigan Plan offers health insurance options for Michigan residents; check eligibility here.



The NMU Food Pantry is located in Gries Hall, above the NMU Health Center. It is open during the fall and winter semesters on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and during the summer on Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

If you are unable to visit the pantry during normal hours, please contact the Dean of Students Office for assistance (906)227-1700.

The pantry is funded entirely by donations to the NMU Foundation. Throughout the academic year, various food drives provide supplemental food and products to the pantry. In addition to the organized food drive events, we are continuously thankful for the donations and contributions by members of the NMU community, alumni, and area supporters.

The NMU Food Pantry Facebook page provides regular updates: https://www.facebook.com/NMUFoodPantry/

Food Pantry Donation List

Aluminum Foil Laundry Detergent
Apple Sauce Lotion
Baking Mix - like Bisquick Macaroni and Cheese
Boxed Potatoes Milk (shelf-stable available at Dollar Tree)
Can Openers Mustard
Canned Beans Nail Clippers
Canned Chicken Noodle Mix
Canned Fruit Noodles
Canned Ravioli Oatmeal
Canned Soup - Chunky Pancake Mix 
Canned Tuna Paper Towels
Canned Vegetables Pasta Sauce
Cereal Peanut Butter
Chap stick Popcorn
Cheese and Cracker Snacks Pretzels
Chips Ramen
Coffee Rice
Dental Floss Rice Mix
Deodorant Salad Dressing
Diapers Salsa
Dish Soap Shampoo/Conditioner
Dried Fruit Spaghettios
Feminine Pads Spices
Gluten Free Cereal Syrup
Granola Bars Tampons
Hot Sauce Tea
Jelly Toilet Paper
Jerky Toothbrush
Ketchup Toothpaste

Campus Events Supporting the NMU Food Pantry

Tackling Hunger - NMU Football
The NMU Day of Giving - NMU Foundation
Food 4 Fines - NMU Parking Services
Holiday Party - Employees
Rec Sports Euchre Tournament - NMU Rec Sports
Trick or Treat for Food - Campus Ministries
Dance for Food - Zumbathon - Marquette Ending Hunger
Residence Hall Move-Out - Housing and Residence Life and Dining Services
UAW-1950 Year-End Luncheon - TOPS Union
Crop Walk - Presbyterian Campus Ministry

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Located in 101B Gries Hall - above the Health Center.
The NMU Food Pantry is open to all NMU students, faculty, and staff who need assistance.

To make a monetary donation, you may call (906)227-2627. Please notify the NMU Foundation that your gift is for the NMU Food Pantry.
If you would like to make a donation online, please visit: http://connect.nmu.edu/givefoodpantry

Foundation donation website screenshot

To make a food donation and other inquiries contact the Dean of Students Office at dso@nmu.edu or (906)227-1700.